Dirty Time Logo, a pollen grain outline with clock hashes and queer typography reading Dirty Time



A dirty manicure by Sarah Dahlinger, green fingers with long pink nails getting dirt in the nail beds from a nail polish brush. Text reads: DIRTY SIGNS


September 23 - October 1, 2023, Flux House, Governors Island, NYC, NY

Even though dirt is where our food comes from, is where our bodies get buried when we die, and is literally everywhere we go, it is not represented yet in the emoji universe. Somehow we have emojis for unicorns, pufferfish, poodles and Santa Claus, but not dirt! Dirty Time is planning to try to correct this oversight and will be submitting a proposal for a dirt emoji to the Unicode foundation in 2024.

a hybrid emoji from Emoji kitchen made from the poo emoji and the bacteria emoji
Dirty Signs was an exhibition of international artist responses to the idea of emojifying dirt, featuring works by B a r b a r a Schneider, Daniel S. DeLuca, Ed Woodham, Gustavo Gómez-Mejía, IPRAMENE, Lee Tusman, Liz Nofziger, M Greenwald, Maia Liebeskind, Noelle Salaun, Renée Crowley, Sarah Dahlinger and Vidya Giri in 2D, 3D and 4D formats. Dirty Time will also be collecting visitor suggestions for a potential dirt emoji through a “think tank” installation within the exhibition, and several participatory activities on September 30.

Dirty Signs ran from September 23 - October 1 2023, with a rousing closing event including live performances by Sarah Dahlinger and Ed Woodham for the exhibition on September 30 from 1-5pm.

a hybrid emoji from Emoji kitchen made from the rock emoji and the melting face emoji

A black and white marbled box filled with small vials filled with dirt

Dirty Time Library: Norway
December 4, 2022: 12:00-15:00
Familiedag på USF
Come and contribute to the Traveling Dirty Library. Bring some dirt with you from someplace important to you or collect some at USF and Hey There Kapplow from Dirty Time will add your dirt (and your story about) it in the Traveling Dirty Library! How to Donate to the Dirty Library

We are collecting dirt and personal stories about dirt. If you are able to mail us some dirt from a place in your life that is significant to you, we will include it in our traveling dirt library, and you can tell us a story about the dirt in your life through our Dirty Library Hotline by calling 617-861-8898.

An envelope addressed to Goethe Institut leaning against a plasterwork white ribbon Drop your dirt in the post: Dirty Time, c/o Goethe Institut, 170 Beacon Street, Boston MA 02116.

Not sure you have a dirty story? Try answering some of these questions:

If you are contributing dirt to the library:
Where did the dirt that you’re contributing to the library come from and why is that place important to you? What does the place smell like? What kinds of plants and animals or other things are there? Do you know anything about the composition of the dirt that you can share? What did collecting and contributing the dirt feel like?

If you are just contributing a story to the dirty library hotline:
What is your earliest memory of dirt? What dirt have you encountered in your life that you remember the most clearly? Describe a place where you really like or hate the dirt. What kinds of messages or facts about dirt do you remember learning over the course of your life? What different kinds of dirt have you seen or come in contact with in your life? How do you think dirt has changed over time? How do you think dirt will change in the future? Have you ever dreamed of dirt? What did you dream? Describe how dirt smells. Have you ever eaten dirt? What makes you feel dirty?

studio 170 and Goethe Institut logo A black and white marbled box filled with small vials filled with dirt

Dirty Time Library: US
November 16-17, 2022
The Dirty Library joined a whole collection of artworks about soil at the Urban Soils Institute's annual symposium on Governors Island in NYC. Symposium info here.

Dirty Time Library: US
July - November 2022
Dirty Time was on Governors Island with Flux Factory with Dirty Library: US in the Flux House at 404A Colonel’s Row. Event info here.

Dirty Time Library: DK August-September
Dirty Time does Denmark! After sunny island vibes in NYC we brought a Dirty Library to ARoS Art Museum in Aarhus Denmark. More info here.

A white ballroom with elaborate plaster moulding filled with a large canvas shrine and dirty research library.

Autolysis: Goethe Institut: Studio 170
170 Beacon Street Boston MA 02116
June 1-15, 2022

Dirty Time was in residence at Studio 170 at the Goethe Institut from June 1-15. See an archive of events here. studio 170 and Goethe Institut logo

2 nearly naked people lying in a dirt bath. A third places their dirty foot on the wall.

Dirty Baby God Karaoke
Buffalo Art Studios
April 22, 2022

In celebration of Tommy Nguyen's show New Gods, Old America we hosted a co-themed karaoke party.

2 nearly naked people lying in a dirt bath. A third places their dirty foot on the wall.

Dirt Bath
ARoS Art Museum
August 2021

The playful experiment that started it all. Dirt Bath at ARoS Art Museum.

Home | Right Now | Later | Before