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09 Jul 2007
San Francisco
In 1979, the Dead Kennedy's, Jello Biafra ran for mayor of San Francisco. As he campaigned, Biafra wore t-shirts from his opponent Quentin Kopp's previous campaign and at one point vacuumed leaves off the front lawn of another opponent, current U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, to mock her publicity stunt of sweeping streets in downtown San Francisco for a few hours. His platform included unconventional points such as forcing businessmen to wear clown suits within city limits, erecting statues of Dan White all over town, allowing the parks department to sell eggs and tomatoes with which people could pelt them, and a citywide ban on cars,legalizing squatting in vacant, tax-delinquent buildings and requiring police officers to keep their jobs by running for election voted on by the people of the neighborhoods they patrol.

In the upcoming San Francisco mayorial elections, two artists will run for mayor. Chicken John will use his 1975 GMC pickup, which he converted to a zero-emissions vehicle that runs on coffee grounds and walnut shells as his campaign platform, and claims that "more city money goes to the arts, but not the kind of art like the 60-foot-tall fiberglass and stainless-steel structure by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen erected nearly five years ago on San Francisco's waterfront, which he calls an insult to every artist in the city."

If Chicken John is elected mayor of San Francisco, one of his first orders of business will be to hold a raffle so that some lucky person wins the chance to drive a truck smack into the gigantic Claes Oldenberg/Coosje van Bruggen "bow-and-arrow" sculpture that sits on the Embarcadero.

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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.
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Interview with Fritz Haeg by Nato Thompson

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