HUMUS sapiens on TOUR


HUMUS sapiens is continuing its projects, after some related geeking on Soil in Jogja (Lifepatch), Africa (Julian) and Finnland (field_notes) there are more additional events:
WELCOME to HUMUS sapiens on TOUR:

About the HUMUS sapiens on Tour Hackteria-Wiki entry:

About ideas what we do in Luzern PlasticTWIST:

About ideas what we do in Stuttgart (in collab. with Kunstverein Waagenhalle)

And about the Dissemination in Zurich in collab. with Kulturfolger:


wanted to update some infos. You maybe all know the way of hackteria methodology is not as conformist as ususal art shows, non-conference is the keyword and I am looking much forward to a wild and inspiring session in Stuttgart. Welcome Marketa and Emanual! We are so happy to have you on board!

more notes and updates on STUTTGART:

hackteria_HUMUSsapien on TOUR wiki entry:

and please make your add in the schedule list of the tour so we can organize:

and also the link to the FB: (please share in your network)

So far two workshops have concretualized:

27+28th september, 10-18h

two days, long session workshops

Circualar Chromatographies

by Emanuela Ascari (IT)

29th septembe, 10-16h

Fermenting Speculative Food (Hi)stories

by Marketa Dolejšová (HU/SGP) and Maya Minder (CH)

NOW NOW NOW, please ACTIVATE the Stuttgart Network and please also forward this mail to those i forgot in the cc:

for those comming to luzern, here is the link to the luzern event to register:


HUMUS sapiens - NCL Satellite. Concentrating on Internet of Allotments. How can we use IOT to assist is with the Labor of being a gardener. Thinking LoRa + Soil humidity/moisture + 3v water pump + Solar+Battery +ESP/Ard


Greetings from our HUMUS sapiens crew in sub-arctic Lapland.

We are having amazing experiences and discussions. Investigating this remote ecosystems, learning from each other, discussing pre-soil earliest life on land, eating sushi around the fire, engulfed in northern lights. More soon!

Let’s plan a remote video call later this week. @julian @mamaya @gaudi
Thursday? @hmd @Ryuoyama


Overview WIKI:


PTwist Programm in the Luzern FABLAB

Register here for the Workshop at FABLAB Luzern on Sunday 23.9.

CONTENT: Hacking and field trip in the moor.
TOPIC: Humus, Plastic, Labequiment und Food.
MATERIALS organized so far: Fluoreszent coloring, Nilrot, Erythrosin B, Fluorescent Microbeads, 0.2,1,2 und 10 um, Lycopodium Sporen, Petridish. Materials to build Zentrifugen and DIY Mikroskope.
Part 1: Intorduction to Humus Sapiens and the PTwist Project.
Part 2. Building and Hacking.
Part 3: field tripp to the Luzern moor.


26th September, 12-15h
mikroBIOMIK Soil Microscopy Workshop

with Julian Chollet and Josephine Blersch

One day workshop and openlab
apiens - Workshop

mikroBIOMIK Soil Microscopy
with Julian Chollet and Josephine Blersch

Far more than just the dirt under our feet, soil is a truly complex and dynamic ecosystem. It is a constantly changing mix of minerals, living organisms, decaying organic matter, air and water. It is the living skin of our planet, allowing new forms of life to come into being, incorporating the nutrients left there by organisms of the past. Soil is bursting with life and can be vastly different from one square cm to the next. From plants, earthworms, insects and fungi to the invisible amoeba, nematodes, algae and bacteria – each creature provides their own essential role in the soil ecosystem. Dont forget the cryptozoa…

This workshop is about playful learning, curiosity driven research, muddy hands and the exploration of a miniature universe. We will go out to collect samples, learn how to prepare them and use microscopes to dive into the world of those marvelous creatures.

Just bring your own sample (if you want), curiosity and at least 2 hours of your precious time…

Collecting instructions: the earth has to be taken from about 20-25 cm below the surface, in the quantity of at least one handful. Has to be humid, so we see the living things underneath the mikroskopy, store the humid soil in a plastic bag.


Humus Sapiens - Workshop

with Emanuela Ascari, CROMA-LAB

Circular Chromatography is a chemical method to create soil testing through a photographic process. It is a DIY-method, cheap and available and is used amongst biodynamic farmers to visualize the vitality of soils. The Circular Chromatogrpahy method creates drawings which can be visually interpreted as paintings, and by comparison. The workshop intends to shift attention from a quantitative modality to a quality of seeing and thinking.

Together with Emanuela Ascari from Croma-Lab we develop during a two days workshop our own soil chromatographies which then can be interpreted by visual comparison in the group. To participate please bring along a sample of soil from your interest (urban garden, commodified soil, polluted soil, farmland soil, home garden soil). Seats available up to 8 participants.

Collecting instructions: the earth has to be taken from about 20-25 cm below the surface, in the quantity of
at least one handful, and to be dried not in the sun. It has to be completely dried.


Humus Sapiens - Workshop

Fermenting Speculative Food (Hi)stories

hands-on fermentation & speculative fiction workshop
with Markéta Dolejšová and Maya Minder

The workshop invites you to experiment with various hands-on fermentation techniques and make your own jars with microbial delicacies like kombucha and kefir. Workshop initiators Maya and Markéta will share methods, ideas, grains, and scobies that they gathered during their fermented trips around Indonesia, Singapore, Switzerland, Bohemia, or Tasmania.

Understanding fermentation as an intrinsically speculative act, we will complement the hands-on workshop with collaborative crafting of fictional food stories. Using techniques drawn from speculative and critical design (e.g., we will explore the diverse and uncertain histories of the age-old fermentation tradition and extend them with our own speculative interpretations.

In the Caucasus people say that kefir was first made by Gods who ejaculated into the milk. Chinese rice wine makers prevent their wine jars to come in contact with menstruating women. The blood, they believe, is too disturbing for the yeast. Many Bohemian fermenters talk nicely to their bubbling jars to help the ferments grow.

But what if all that isn’t exactly true? What if rice wine yeast actually loves blood? What do all those Bohemians actually whisper to their ferments - are they using their jars as cheaper microbial psychotherapists whom they tell all their heavy stories? And why would someone harass a milk like that? Since we weren’t there when those myths happen and we cannot fully inhabit the past, we cannot know. But we can speculate about it.

At the workshop, we will craft our own versions of past, present, and future food mythologies. Each fermented jar will be complemented by a scenario describing not only what the jar is, but also imagining what it could be. Alongside such fictionalizing, our jars will become fermented prototypes of speculative food realities; embodying our own handmade edible mythologies.

To further support our imagination, we will use the Food Tarot cards deck ( that presents 22 ‘speculative diet tribes’ symbolizing various experimental ‘not quite yet’ food practices. Food Tarot tribes such as Gut Gardeners, Monsa[n]tanists, and Ethical Cannibals raise questions about the complex, messy realities of everyday food worlds and provoke imaginaries about possible alternatives. Workshop participants are welcomed to contribute their fermentation resources - edible, practical, or imaginary. Bring and share your own ferments, instruments, ideas, techniques and anything else that makes up your fermentation practice.


hallo zusammen, here’s some tentative program for the Fermenting Speculative Food (Hi)stories workshop:

comment, add stuff, etc
looking forward to meeting you all in Stuttgart!


Hi I am adding to your document, but feel free to revert.
Just baking in other fermentation practices :0