The Rise of Predatory Locales in the Postwar World
On inventive and imaginative research Pandemonium -"the rise of predatory locales in the postwar world" should be mentionned. About techniques of control in a capitalist society, quite a dark book but actually achieves a somewhat productive critizism. Though from personal experience and from a talk yesterday on working in callcenters it might be that on that topic you could write an even grimmer book -my roommate worked for a year at a call center in Scotland and all their performances was messured and put to statistics above 30 min of going to the restroom a week would get you sacked and everybody knew that they were being monitored on their every moove. Access to these workplaces are quite restricted and doing reasarch on it would take a Gunter wallraff approach - which would offcourse be an interesting project in it self. read a 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.