"Filip Berte's project EUtopia? is both a research and creative project that wants to focus on the actual European context of living. It deals with stories, collected from all over Europe, and will materialize them in the construction of a house in the European District in Brussels. An old building-site-car functions as a mobile compartment of the house and will both serve as a Mobile Embassy and the EUtopia? archive.
It is the project’s aim to gather all the present and future EU-member states under one roof, shaping them in rooms, corridors, landscapes on scale, etc… This will be a work in progress (construction/deconstruction), that can be followed-up by the public at least for two years."
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.