In 2009 the Austrian Festival of Regions will be oriented toward the southern edge of the city of Linz, along the Traun River, with a focus on the satellite town of Auwiesen and the residential complexes of solarCity, an integrated solar village.
From Allende Square to Luna Square, beyond the inner urban orientation toward concentration, commercial use and entertainment, and at a certain safe distance from the cultural spectacles propagated on all sides, the Festival of Regions is interested in the factual or imagined state of normality in urban life and in seeking out its cultural expressions.
This research project is working to uncover all of America's all-ages music and art venues. By noting the reasons behind such venues' formation, their similarities, and important contributions to communities, the project hopes that more support will follow. Ultimately, the researchers are interested in forming a national organization to support like-minded organizations and share resources. The site offers a database of spaces involved and links to more information.
Free Soil takes part in the 9. festival garage stralsund/germany 22 july - 13 august 2005.
Doing a project on the ecology of the baltic sea and the traces of political events stored in and around it. Garage site
For the Garage festival 09 Free Soil have conducted a site specific research project investigating the environment of the Baltic Sea.
We created an alternative archive of political and historical events that have occurred in the Baltic Sea region, especially Stralsund and linked these with the sea’s responses. The impact of Industrialisation, population growth and political changes has resulted in climatic and environmental changes recorded in the sea. Nature retaliates by creating new forms, one of the most significant being the spread and growth of toxic Blue Green Algae or “phytoplankton”
Images: wooden sewerage pipe from Stralsund. &
Portrait of William Lindley the designer of the first sewerage system in Stralsund, algae on paper.