Collective urine upcycling to grow plants and material responsibility

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To move people towards patterns of eating, living, and engaging
with the world that promote wellbeing and a healthy
environment, we need to explore novel collaborations for
remaking human organization. In this art-led, two-month
long work alliance, participants-cum-experimenters fermented
their own urine for a substrate in which to grow an edible
plant (Lactuca sativa), thereby creating a simple material
relationship between their bodies and the environment. The
outcome of this social experimentation with 22 participants
revealed how the jointly encountered technical ambiguity
stimulated curiosity and a unifying purpose which promoted
social engagement and positively affected environmental
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulture, Community & Climate: Conversations about Emergent Praxis
EditorsRichard Povall
Place of PublicationKingsbridge, Devon
ISBN (Print)978-0-9957196-4-4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


  • Fermentation
  • Urine upcycling
  • Maker experiment
  • Climate change
  • Waste commons
  • Commoning


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