mikroPaliskunta is an expedition that travelled through Finland from the northest point Nuorgam to the southest Hanko with a stuffed reindeer and five artists by biodiesel car. (A 1986 Volvo running on turnip rape oil and green diesel). They studied the contemporary image of Finland from different point of views. How has the rapid changes in society affected people? What is Finnish? And what are the symbols of Finland and who defines them?
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.