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Filippo Bertoni presents an ecotoxicological experiment on Earth worms and soil. As soil and worm are not singular but unfold in many versions in the course of the experiment, their relations are also multiple.

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Date 20 October 2011
Time 16:00 - 17:00

Earthworms and soil combine in an ecotoxicological experiment in the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

Being concerned with the effects of a toxic compound produced by GM broccoli, ecotoxicologists use the earthworm in a standardized test to understand the conditions of the soil. In their research practices, the worm emerges entangled in different kinds of relations with the soil.

While classical ANT offers useful tools to analyze how the elements of the experiment are brought together and their relations are kept constant, they do not exhaust the set of relations in which worm and soil are joined.

As soil and worm are not singular but unfold in many versions in the course of the experiment, their relations are also multiple. Attending to them carefully, relations emerge differently, as they are shaped by the practices of eating. More fluid than the language of assemblages and associations, eating raises a new set of questions about what it means to live together with other species.

Keywords: relationality, networks, eating, fluid, association, multiplicity

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