Framework is a discursive forum that opens a space for a variety of visual material, as well as extensive articles, analyses and international commentaries. One of its major tasks is to assist in establishing Finnish contemporary art on the international scene - to connect the local to the international. It is primarily concerned with visual arts and culture, but will also deal with other art forms and cultural criticism at large. Framework emphasises and supports cross-disciplinary aspects of art that transcend conventional boundaries.
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.