Soil, as the keeper of nutrients and the core building block of our existence, is currently being produced in the neighborhood of Grønland in Oslo, by local youth. By using local resources, they are making and selling the product. Oslo Living Lab uses the core of commercial growth, the excess of food and garbage, as a resource which stands outside of the established system, on the verge of laws and regulations. This project provides a theatrical exploration of a pragmatic degrowth transition.
Death and Degrowth explores the world of this performative initiative as an important driver of transition towards a model of sufficiency, through a critical investigation of truths and values. The value of soil, politics and reality. From an environmental point of view, Oslo Living Lab handles a very limited amount of waste. Additionally, Death and Degrowth has questioned the larger paradigm of nutrient migration from the global south to the north as referenced in the orange used to create compost. Yet, the key outputs of the project are not measured in CO2 or tons of compost produced, but rather in the social impact within the lives of the participants. The project, as such, can be understood as productive and convivial living, an essential component of a degrowth system.
Playing transition in a market driven system (the value of community, and the visionary theatre). The ecological crisis can be understood as a crisis of imagination – with plenty of knowledge around problems and solutions, the species is lacking merely inspiration. In this way, we have examined the project of Oslo Living Lab as theatre or play – a way to actualize scenarios and challenge attitudes. It also provides a pragmatic approach to using the setting of a growth-based economy to grow degrowth projects.