Marfa Dialogues

Hyperobjects — Mineral

August 24, 2018


Hyperobjects – Mineral
Free Exposure Soil Tasting with artist and ecologist Nance Klehm
Friday, August 24
Capri in Marfa, Texas

Enrollment is limited so please email sarah@ballroommarfa.org or call 432.729.3600 to register.


Join Ballroom for a Free Exposure Soil Tasting – that’s right, soil tasting – with artist, activist, and ecologist Nance Klehm. The program will take place on Friday, August 24 at the Capri in Marfa, Texas.

Also known as geophagia, the practice of eating earth or soil-like substrates such as clay or chalk has a deep anthropological history and is practiced by various cultures around the world. For this program Klehm will collect soil from various locations around Marfa and guide participants through a tasting, explaining what minerals and biological processes cause the different ‘notes’ and flavors.

As part of Ballroom’s current exhibition, Hyperobjects, Klehm dug holes in Ballroom’s courtyard: burrowing, creating heaps, analyzing soil, cataloging detritus, and giving visitors an opportunity to be physically immersed in earth. After the soil tasting, Klehm will share her experience working in Marfa and her work on land politics and soil health.

Nance Klehm is internationally respected for her work on land politics and soil health. Her work has received extensive national and international media coverage amongst those: Time Magazine, BBC Canada, MSN, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and is mentioned in many books, including Leila Darwish’s Earth Repair, and Sandor Katz’s The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved (2006) and Bonnie Fortune’s An Edge Effect: Art & Ecology in the Nordic Landscape (2014). She won the 2010 Utne Visionary Prize and is a member of the Curry-Stone Design Prize Social Design Circle. In addition, she has lectured broadly in museum and university settings as well as for countless community groups worldwide. She is currently working on a book, The Soil Keepers and on a manual on microbial remediation of contaminated soils. Most recently, she was the subject of the independent documentary Weedeater. She splits her time between La Villita, a densely packed, urban neighborhood in and her 50 acres of land in The Driftless Region.

    The Free Exposure Soil Tasting is made possible by the generous support of The Brown Foundation, Inc.; City of Marfa; National Endowment for the Arts; Texas Commission on the Arts; Ballroom Marfa Board of Trustees; and Ballroom Marfa members.

    In-kind support provided by The Capri.