One of the theses that the curators want to investigate is whether it, in our joint cultural heritage, is possible to find the roots of the nationalistic and xenophobic tendencies today.
The project is an interdisciplinary investigation conducted together with a number of players and thinkers in the Nordic region and the rest of the world – in dialogue with a number of historical phenomena, places, and institutions in the Nordic region. Mutual learning is in focus for the project, and our hope is that the process will result in a continued dialogue that can enrich the places and the peoples, who live and act in the project locations, and those who visit there.
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.