Absorption brought the ground beneath us into the foreground, drawing our attention to the living and changing nature of soil. The work constituted
almost 300 tonnes of organic and inorganic material, including sand, silt, clay, phosphates, lime, spent grain, cuttlebone, legumes, coffee and
green waste, combined into a new soil mixture or neosoil.
A group of cultivators enacted this process of mixing, creating a composite material that visitors were free to take for their own uses, allowing Absorption to continue to grow and be nurtured beyond the Clothing Store.
Developed in collaboration with a team of scientists at the University of Sydney Institute of Agriculture, Absorption transformed the Clothing
Store into a site for active processes, collaborations and conversations. Within the world created by Absorption, Raza invited artists
Daniel Boyd, Chun Yin Rainbow Chan, Megan Alice Clune, Dean Cross, Brian Fuata, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Jana Hawkins-Andersen, Khaled Sabsabi and Ivey
Wawn to create interventions in the form of installations, performances and experiments.
Raza drew together the approaches and ontologies of art and science, allowing for absorption to take place across multiple levels of understanding
in the creation of this work.