The Artlab involves 22 months of rigorous research and experimentation between a ‘rapid response’ team of international ‘ecological health’ experts who are also practicing media artists, designers and engineers. The Sydney Artlab has investigated the Flying Fox relocation program to be undertaken at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens and provided design solutions that depend on nurturing human / bat relations. These include the wonderful Botanic Garden Xtension at Barangaroo and the exhibition X.
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.