Forced migration and subsequent state-inspired forms of integration which large amounts of world citizens are experiencing are at odds with the lives and liberties of the privileged. i.e. also artists, who enjoy a global world in which they are free to move around.
A wandering exhibition, “On Mobility”, initiated by Saskia Bos, De Appel in Amsterdam collaborates with a number of colleague institutions abroad. A mutating group of artists explore the tension between the nomadic existence of artists and the mobility of groups of people who do not move by their own choice.
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.