"The Arts & Ecology programme is engaged in a series of initiatives alongside the conferences and lectures. This is envisaged as part of the same long-term strategy to be a catalyst:
- Profiling interesting practice
- Initiating and supporting new work
- Making links with artists and organisations across disciplines to promote dialogue"
Their new blog consolidates some of the latest projects and contemporary thinking around the roles and responsibilities of contemporary arts towards ecological concerns.
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.