"Generative ideas emerge from joint thinking, from significant conversations, and from sustained, shared struggles to achieve new insights from partners in thought."
-Vera John-Steiner, Creative Collaboration
Free Soil is grateful to all who visited this blog and to the many wonderful projects that emerged from its contributors. While we continue to work in our respective locals and practice, the particular constellation of contributors to this blog have decided (from this day forward) to maintain Free Soil as an archive of a period of activity and thought between the years of 2005-2011.
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.