With the arrival of a new year, we have big plans. Building on our first three issues, Groundscrapers, Skinscrapers, and Platescrapers, we aspire to elevate our forthcoming issue No. 4 Windowscrapers: more dynamic, more tactilely pleasurable, and filled with more ephemera for you to soil. Rather than our current model of print-on-demand or lower-resolution PDF download, we seek to do a print run of 1,000 issues through this Kickstarter campaign. Working with a local print house will allow us more freedom to bring our vision to life, to sell SOILED at lower costs, and to distribute issues through independent bookstores, cultural institutions, and communal spaces across Chicago, the US, and beyond.
Get dirty with us in 2013! Help us spread the word far and wide. And did we mention the promise of excellent swag that you could earn by supporting our campaign?
UN/EARTHED is a cultural event that features interactive exhibits that continue the conversation instigated by our recent issue, Platescrapers. The event is open to the public and aims to engage the full spectrum of participation, from discourse to action.
Saturday, June 9th :: 7–10pm
Gallery @ Living Room Realty
1530 W. Superior
Featuring the work of:
Stewart Hicks, Allison Newmeyer, Joseph Altshuler, Annie Lambla, Thomas Hillier, Greg Corso, Kyle Andrew Sturgeon, Eylül Kethüda Wintermeyer, Francesco Vedovato, and Katherine Darnstadt.
Platescrapers navigates itinerant fare, comestible politics, and gastro-ritual to purvey stories about social issues and exaggerated realities; each story illustrates food as a monument to galvanize the public.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Stewart Hicks, Allison Newmeyer, and Joseph Altshuler challenge us to play with our food.
Annie Lambla connects yogurt making to dairy farms while observing the culture of the Midwest.
Thomas Hillier recounts the exodus and edible nostalgia of an English twosome.
Greg Corso champions the inclusion of cannabis cultivation into current architectural vernacular.
Kyle Andrew Sturgeon strategizes an infrastructural narrative to combat the invasion of Asian carp.
Eylül Kethüda Wintermeyer choreographs a mega-event around victuals, monuments, and mob mentality.
Francesco Vedovato sets the table with an eclectic cast of foodstuff protagonists.
Katherine Darnstadt delineates an axonometric of a healthy baby’s inputs and outputs.
The Nite Market is an open venue for all the brilliant ideas in food that is being made in small kitchens in Chicago. It is a platform for unlicensed or uncertified artisan food makers to sell their goods to hungry food-geeks. This is a collaborative work to give space to testing out ideas in food, without the high cost of certification. Festivities will take place on November 11th :: 7-10pm at Living Room Realty, 1530 W. Superior, Chicago. $2 Donation at the Door.
In anticipation of our forthcoming third issue, Platescrapers, SOILED will be among the fine food vendors at the Nite Market. While you munch on delectable foodstuffs, visit us, pick up the print edition of the first two issues, purchase a limited edition SOILED screen print, and chit chat with us! We’ll have some surprises up our sleeve.
DOWNLOAD, print out, fold up, and bring this Food Box with you to the Nite Market, courtesy of SOILED. In addition to being a handsome vessel to house your edibles, the Food Box will grant you FREE ADMISSION to the Market! View folding instructions.
Skinscrapers probes how our bodies interact with the spaces around them and how the spaces we inhabit can become extensions of our bodies. By focusing on the surface of the skin as a natural mediator, Skinscrapers navigates a continuum of scale, starting inside the gut, proceeding to the contours of the body, and culminating in the anthropomorphic city.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Revital Cohen transforms animals into medical devices.
Sarah Ross constructs velour suits to protest authority.
Matt Harlan illustrates a catalogue of new wardrobe opportunities.
Maegan Magathan, Stephanie DeGooyer, and Gabriel Gerlinger track chairs in public spaces.
Jimenez Lai inserts an unexpected white elephant within our living quarters.
Kate Hadley Williams and James Toftness photo-document Chicago’s murals.
Ania Jaworska sculpts a cityscape of eccentric characters.
Groundscrapers UN/EARTHED celebrated the release of SOILED’s inaugural issue: Groundscrapers! The event aimed to re-mediate the work of Groundscrapers in a format that is not bound by the dimensions of the printed page. As a participatory live event, UN/EARTHED provoked further discussion about the work of the Department of Unusual Certainties, Stewart Hicks + Allison Newmeyer, Rael San Fratello Architects, John Szot Studio, Dan Weissman, and Katherine Darnstadt.
Throughout the course of the evening, visitors engaged in the Chicago Institute for Land Generation’s Accumulation Officer election, participated in a DIRTea tasting, excavated Bee City local honey, and enjoyed filthy refreshments of all kinds.
SOILED is included on ARCHI-ZINES, a new showcase of fanzines, journals and magazines from around the world that provide an alternative discourse to the established architectural press! Special thanks to Elias Redstone.
From the ARCHI-ZINES website:
“ARCHI-ZINES is an expanding archive of the best publications from 2000s to the latest releases, and is growing as new titles and issues are acquired. The publications themselves vary in style (from photocopied zines to professionally printed and bound magazines) and content (from architectural research to personal narratives about buildings and cities). The commonality is a shared interest in documenting and discussing the spaces we occupy in ways that more mainstream or professional publications do not. As well as adding to architectural discourse, they are lovingly made objects to hold and to keep.”
The SOILED Team is interviewed by The Pop-Up City. Special thanks to Brendan Cormier.
The inaugural issue of SOILED, Groundscrapers, is now available! Order a printed copy from Lulu or download the free electronic version as a PDF [lower resolution]. Contributors to this issue include the Department of Unusual Certainties, Stewart Hicks + Allison Newmeyer, Rael San Fratello Architects, John Szot Studio, Dan Weissman, and Katherine Darnstadt.