With this intriguing title the scene was set for a seminar on how electronic interfaces and computers integrated everywhere and in everything affects and changes our everyday lives.
The seminar was made after an idea by Eric Berger and organized by Atelier Nord, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Torpedo books. Adam Greenfield dealt with this in details, and recommended that the data that is collected about us by computers in the environment should be labelled, from a rights to know perspective. Per Platou delivered the talk "Failure is success (is failure)" about failing in art - after all how can you claim to make experimental art if it never fails. One of the highlights of the event was a seminar by Norene Leddy in relation to her project The Aphrodite Project: Platforms - what really worked well, and maybe better than the actual shoes; was the seminar held in the "read light" district of Oslo, with invited speakers representing sex workers, politicians and more. How to deal with trafficking and conditions of sex workers? - a complex discussion that gave plenty of things to think about.
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.
Svarlamoen is a self-organized area in Trondheim, Norway, experimenting with new ways of building and living. In the centre back you see the low energy wooden high house. Far back are submarine bunkers from ww2.