For over ten years, we have been working as artists in Europe and Southern Africa, exploring ways to dwell in balance with each other and the living Earth. Listening to and responding with the genius of people and place are the touchstones that guide all we do.
"As artists addressing the plight of food, soils and water globally, you are at the forefront of this vital work, making a significant contribution to our knowledge in a genuinely embodied reality." Daro Montag, Founder of Research in Art, Nature & Environment.
Left: Preparing a Deep Soup with students from Sustainability Institute and Stellenbosch University, 2016.
Our dedication is to weaving the arts and ritual back into the everyday to enliven sensing, thinking and responsive action. Sitting with seed; cooking and sharing food; giving thanks to the land; celebrating artisan traditions. These are the transformative, practical experiences and encounters that we look to honour. Here, more about our approach through Miche's TEDx talk Cooking, Cultures and Conversations.
"Touchstones combine deep listening, creativity and relationship-mapping with healing and conflict resolution. All is achieved around the arts and the ritual sharing of food, which is key to sustaining relationships". Jane Trowell, Co-Founder of Platform London.
All our engagements begin with conversations between the geography of place and the aspirations of people. We choreograph convivial environments with food of the land. Our inter-connected cycles of inquiry embrace: researching what is already in place; resourcing ourselves with processes to attune to our senses, and intuition; and respecting - or seeing afresh - what is possible. Here our film Soil Saturdays created during UN International Year of Soils and shown at the European Parliament.