"Conflict Room is a dynamic, temporary platform for visual arts with an emphasis on different approaches around the nature of "conflict". The initiative is inspired on a video work by the Polish artist Artur Zmijewski : "Them"(2007), in which he sets up a situation where various ideological groups within Polish society are placed in a position where they can criticize, discuss and interact with each other.
CR has arisen from a group of people who responded to that idea by gathering artists and showing weekly exhibitions that raise questions and examine conflict in several ways over a period of 3 months."
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.