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04 Mar 2008
U.S. Pasadena
March 13 - 14, 2008
A two-day symposium at Pasadena City College, "Anytime, Anyplace," will examine artists' collectives that focus on political, social, and environmental issues and their strategies for engaging individuals and communities.

Keynote speaker for the event will be Grant Kester, critic and associate professor of art history at UCSD. Kester's current book project is "The One and the Many: Agency and Identity in Contemporary Collaborative Art."

Representatives from three art collectives will make presentations:

o Chicago-based Temporary Services, a group of three artists, produces creative exhibitions, events, projects and publications aimed at creating socially dynamic situations and spaces for dialogue. The artists are Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer.

o Futurefarmers, a San Francisco-based inter-disciplinary collective internationally known for a practice that extends across conventional artistic categories. Futurefarmers will begin a week as artist-in-residence at the college at the close of the symposium. Their exhibition "The Reverse Ark: The Flotsam & The Jetsam," will open in the PCC art gallery on Friday evening.

o Temporary Travel Office is Ryan Griffis, who teaches new media art at the University of Illinois, with Sarah Ross, an artist whose works focus on myths of health, safety and cleanliness that surface in the physical and visual structures of everyday space. The final session of the symposium will be a tour with Temporary Travel Office to sites of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

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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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