In 2004, artist Åsa Sonjasdotter visited an Indian Organic Farmer’s organisation that shares locally breaded species of rice, wheat and beans to withstand the heavy pressure to enter commercial farming. Back home she started growing different varieties of potatoes, which - she found out later - were 'illegal' as they are not included on the EU’s listing.
or .. How two seemingly very different stories are related if you look at it from a potato's point of view.!
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.