1% WATER, an exhibition running at art center Z33, aims to be a catalyst for change, reconnecting us physically and psychologically to water and helping us to shape a sustainable future.
Part of it, the Water Archive, is an aquatic 'laboratory' immersing the visitor in water samples collected from the region of Hasselt. The archive aims to provoke questions about the character of natural waters and to raise awareness of man-made issues such as pollution.
Visitors can help to complete the archive by bringing or sending water samples from their own environment. Fresh water from the euregion, Belgium and other places is welcome.
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.