Since 1998, a broad-based popular movement under the leadership of Hugo Chávez's Bolivarian government has been effecting sweeping changes in all levels of Venezuelan life and in the field of international power relations. A series of exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum curated by Chris Gilbert bring together works by media collectives and worker-produced videos that constitute an incitement and encouragement to this process of people taking power in Venezuela and internationally.
The museum wanted to change the concept of the exhibition cycle from being in solidarity with the workers and revolutionary movements to a "neutral" term. As a consequense Chris Gilbert resigned, read his critique of the current political climate here: www.16beavergroup.org/journalisms.
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.