On October 5th, The Research Group Art & Spatial Praxis organised a workshop with the Brackish Collective and a lecture with artist Müge Yilmaz on salt and the effects of salinisation of earth.
Together with the Brackish Collective, participants experienced a culinary tasting session that intertwined knowledge of coastal vegetation in The Netherlands with future (im)possibilities. At the Sandberg Institute’s kitchen, the group focused on halophytes and salt-resistant plants found in the coastal areas and dunes while sensorially exploring an array of these plants like sea asparagus, dune roses, sea purslane, sea buckthorn, and red clover. Each plant represented a unique taste of the brackish landscapes, emphasising the incredible potential within nature’s offerings. This workshop was a vibrant fusion of art, gastronomy, and the natural world, inspiring us to explore further the intriguing possibilities at this intersection.
Following the workshop with Brackish, the group delved into the critical impacts of salinisation on soil quality and architectural structures, a concern exacerbated by rising sea levels and ground subsidence, through Müge Yilmaz’s lecture. The lecture highlighted innovative solutions like cultivating salt-tolerant crops and halophytes, bio-saline farming and aquaculture in flood-prone areas. Besides, it looked at the cultural belief systems surrounding salt and its speculative potential in a feminist, science-fiction sense. Yilmaz’s research aims to document agricultural endeavours alongside cultural practices, offering fresh perspectives on our relationship with rising sea levels.