Linda Weintraub has initiated an interdisciplinary college text book series in which the core principles of eco-art are identified and its practice is promoted. Avant-Guardians explores art allied to ecology’s engagement with the perpetually shifting, infinitely layered montage of living entities.
The first two textlets in the series are entitled Cycle-Logical Art and Eco-Centric Topics. Subsequent volumes will extend the consideration of ecology and art to aesthetics, art mediums, tools, and the creative process itself.
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.