What makes this book interesting and important is that it also tries to frame and contextualize European examples of dialogical and socially engaged art, which is not so much the case with for instance, Miwon Kwon and Lacys: "Mapping the terrain" who mainly have an American outlook. This could be expanded upon to include other parts of the world. The Author Grant H. Kester, claimes that the most interesting and innovative art is made outside the museum and conventional galleries, in dialogical community practices -and on this i tend to agreee. How to establish a critical framework for these practices, which include, Wochenclausur and Stephen Willats, superflex and others is also a concern, and the discussions are well informed and precise.
This is my current reading, and I will be back with a full review
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.