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01 Aug 2009
"Conflict Room is a dynamic, temporary platform for visual arts with an emphasis on different approaches around the nature of "conflict". The initiative is inspired on a video work by the Polish artist Artur Zmijewski : "Them"(2007), in which he sets up a situation where various ideological groups within Polish society are placed in a position where they can criticize, discuss and interact with each other.

CR has arisen from a group of people who responded to that idea by gathering artists and showing weekly exhibitions that raise questions and examine conflict in several ways over a period of 3 months."

Artists / Exhibitions
24 Jul 2009
Architecture and Human Rights at the Border
US, New York
Thursday, July 30, 2009

Van Alen Institute, in collaboration with the Human Rights Project at Bard College, presents a discussion between Teddy Cruz and Thomas Keenan on architecture, human rights, and spatial conditions at the U.S. border.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Symposium / Conference
31 May 2009
The Gulf Region
The fabulous Volume/Archis have helped to develop this remarkable site that follows the development and urban planning initiatives happening in the Gulf regions, especially Dubai and Abu Dhabi. and their global implications. The Almanakh 2 is soon to be published.

Architecture / Magazines / Sustainability
18 May 2009
UK, Liverpool
An unconference is a participant driven face-to-face conference that sets its own agenda on the day and facilitates inclusive debate.

The UNsustainable UNconference comes out of FACT's response to Liverpool's Year of the Environment and the urgent need to establish a forum to advance the ecology and dialogue around the sustainability of society.
Held alongside Climate for Change, the UNconference invites communities of interest who have been engaged in this project and others who are operating through self-organising networks and alternative models of both capital and cultural production.

Join in for an experimental 'un'conference , 9 May, 12pm-5pm, to draw together Climate for Change activity and beyond - where participants set the agenda, and draft a collective wiki-manifesto throughout the day. Sign up and add yourself as a contributor participant on our wiki here and bring your laptops!

Events / Sustainability
13 May 2009
U.S., Baltimore
Artist and educator, Hugh Pockcok is weighing all of his food and drink and all of his urine and shit. The difference between the two weights is approximately what has been transformed into Energy. "This energy is what moves my body and mind. During this period of time I am finding that I am able to more closely observe the passage of energy as it moves from the food that I eat, tthrough my body and then, through the many interactions I have, out into the world."

My Food My Poop May 22nd- Aug 16th Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland.

Art + Activism / Food / Sustainability
12 May 2009
Out of Control
KRAX is a node of reflection, meeting and action about the implication and appropriation of the citizens in the construction and transformation of the city.

The KRAX Meeting is an international meeting of creative citizen initiatives. The KRAX Meeting visualizes and connects different independent initiatives who develop new formats of political, cultural and economic organisation and participation in the city. During the 4 days of the Jornadas, groups of 7 different cities meet in Barcelona to share and to debate, among them and with initiatives from Barcelona, creative experiences of political thought and action.

From the 20th to the 23rd of May 2009.

Art + Activism / Events
07 May 2009
A stage for creative/political thinking
A new, quarterly print-and-online magazine dedicated to solving problems at the intersection of arts and politics. The Arts Politic creates a conversation amongst leaders, activists, and idea-makers along the pendulum of global civic responsibility.

Art + Activism / Magazines
05 May 2009
Den Haag
In 2009 Stroom Den Haag begins the program Foodprint: Food for the city. The program takes place over the course of two years and focuses on the influence food can have on the culture, shape and functioning of the city, using The Hague as a case study. With a series of activities Stroom aims to increase people's awareness of the value of food and to give new life to the way we view the relationship between food and the city. The program invites artists and designers to develop appealing proposals on the subject, while at the same time establishing a clear connection with entrepreneurs, farmers, food experts and the general public.

Food / Sustainability / Urban/City
01 May 2009
US, San Francisco
"Founded in 2006 the Studio for Urban Projects is a research and working group that perceives art as a means of advancing civic engagement and furthering public dialogue. Their interdisciplinary, collaborative, and research-based projects aim to provoke change by reframing our perceptions of the city and physically transforming elements of the built environment.

SUP recently opened a storefront in the San Francisco Mission District. It is best described as a “collective of collectives”, a place where like-minded San Francisco art collaboratives share a space for the staging of talks, film screenings, workshops, discussions, and meals."

Artists / Public Projects / Social Practice
21 Apr 2009
Platform21 is a platform for people curious about the future. An old, round chapel in Amsterdam is their public design laboratory where they organize exhibitions, lectures and other events.

Architecture / Social Practice / Sustainability
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by Corinne Matesich

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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.
Link of the Week:  
Interview with Fritz Haeg by Nato Thompson

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