An atom at large in the biota is too free to know freedom; an atom back in the sea has forgotten it. For every atom lost to the sea, the prairie pulls another out of the decaying rocks. The only certain truth is that its creatures must suck hard, live fast, and die often, lest its losses exceed its gains.
Odyssey, Aldo Leopold, 1949
Alternating between air, soil and sea, nitrogen cycles in various forms through our ecosystems, creating the basis for growth of all living beings. Since it has become an essential element of our economic growth systems, nitrogen is now an indicator of agricultural overproduction as well as depletion. Most plant species are adapted to low-nutrient environments and are now vanishing from our landscapes, together with insects and other animals that depend on them.
Counter-Cycling Tour, Friday June 21, 2 - 7:30 pm (registration required)
On the Counter Cycling tour, we will follow nitrogen cycles on a poetic and investigative journey. With the large-scale Compass we will measure the urban nitrogen landscape and draw Counter-Cycles for soil, water and air. We will walk about 5 km, stopping at different nitrogen hotspots for readings, plant observations, and nitrate fishing.
Friday, 21. June 2019, 2 – 7:30pm
2pm Start at gr_und, Seestr. 49, 13347 Berlin
6pm at Schul-Umwelt-Zentrum Mitte (SUZ Scharnweberstr. 159, 13405 Berlin) with nitrogen (food) intake
Ending at Schul-Umwelt-Zentrum-Mitte (2 U-Bahn stops away from gallery gr_und)
Participation is free
Please register : firstname.lastname@example.org
The project is kindly supported by Stiftung Naturschutz Berlin.
Photo Credit: Patrick Theus