Dirt DJ @ lumbung radio Helsinki September 2023

bacilli x Jevon Chandra
Dirt DJ: version two


bacilli. Dirt currents (work in progress) 2023. PACT Zollverein

Tap into the energy of microorganisms inside the earth’s soil. What do these bacteria inside of land say to us? Dirt Radio shares artistic methods for harvesting alternative energy that heightens human awareness of other species. Layering geological research on coal histories, oral histories with residents on energy in the Ruhr area and connecting power circuits with imaginative thinking form this radio program. How can we live synergistically together with currents flowing through the earth?

bacilli (James Jack, Yoshitaka Nanjo & Shotaro Yoshino) is an artist collective formed in 2014 based in the archipelago of Japan with the aim to nurture active spaces for living with dirt, history, people, food, microbes and spirits. Through artistic engagement with earth, they build hopeful models for how we can live in co-habitation with more than human life. This work is made in collaboration with Jevon Chandra interdisciplinary artist devoted to praxis guided by decency, honesty, and possibility.


“Soilstory” @ Oku-Noto Triennale 9/23-11/12 2023

Soilstory – つちがたり –

Tools, images, relics, video and dirt

Variable dimensions

“We created this work focusing on the voices of historic objects. Research conducted on the local farming ritual “Ae no Koto” along with memories, dialogue and exchanges with local residents and relics obtained from diverse collections are integral parts of this “Soilstory” installation. Two live performances were held during the triennial simultaneously online and in person to work creatively with distances between people and things during a pandemic, thus in the retelling of soil stories spaces for shared wishes towards the future emerge.”


会場|石川県珠洲市全域 247.20k㎡

Soilstory –つちがたり–



“Composting Knowledge” @ lumbung: documenta fifteen

Its participants are active in the creation of such actions through their own unique perspectives that embrace cooperative, non-hierarchical, neighborhood centered principles. Composting Knowledge aims to build a supporting system for these initiatives to cooperate in engaging and critical ways.

Currently the composting network reunites over twenty participants from Kassel, Tokyo, Sofia, Holualoa, Singapore, Beirut, Zurich, Toronto, Stockholm, and London, who are engaging with own capacity and pace in the spread, research and activation of the topics exchanged within the network by challenging their own practice, involving local communities and institutional partners.

The network is growing. Current members are:

  • Färgfabriken, Stockholm
  • Global Art Practice, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo
  • ICA-Sofia, Sofia
  • James Jack & Donkey Mill Art Center, Hawai’i
  • Myvillages, Rural School of Economics, London/Rotterdam/Berlin
  • YCAR (York Center for Asian Research), Toronto
  • Dorothee Richter, Ronald Kolb: OnCurating.org & Postgraduate Programme in Curating, ZHdK
  • knowbotiqs, Zurich
  • Sandra Schäfer, Joseph Rustom, and students, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich and Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts, Beirut

Quote by ruangrupa:

“Composting is growing. It’s a process which calls for a change in our understanding of the subject of knowledge, an uncontrolled mutation of ingredients, which transcend a cartesian or logical system in the production of experiences, and facts but instead transform every material collected in fertile soil for our community. As the water is part of every living being and primal, juicy engine for the rotting activity, so the compostable transformation is nourished by every idea, intervention, activity and contribution by withdrawing from disciplines and one-sided knowledge and expertise forms. Each person is welcomed to participate as a cultivator, contributing with awareness to a multi-ingredients compostable practice. The material for a florid mixture is brought from friends, are those guests, one-time visitors, students, researchers, from all corners of the globe, each one will be a grower and harvester of an abundant, yet non-definable knowledge pot. For the shared growth of yet unknown knowledgeable terrains we invite you to contribute to this compost pot.”