[NetBehaviour] We won't fly for art : Take the Pledge

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sun Apr 12 16:37:28 CEST 2009

Hi Karen,

I know it's a tall order, this is why we have only begun by asking for 6 
people to kick it off.

We only set it up about 15-20 minutes ago, we've got till 26th April, 
and 2 (including yourself) have already signed up.

So, I am hopeful...

Thanks for signing up by the way :-)

wishing you well.


Hello Marc & Ruth,

I have signed up - I know it's mad, but I have a worrying feeling that 
most people out there are more likely to choose their careers and carry 
on with their flights, over the planet's safety. It is an extremely 
challenging request.

We'll see - great idea by the way.

I also like the image created for it :-)


On Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 2:16 PM, Ruth Catlow 
<ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org> wrote:

    We won't fly for art for six months
    but only if 6 others will do the same AND replicate this pledge by 
26th April 2009
    - Marc and Ruth

    We will not take an aeroplane for the sake of art. For the next 6 
months we will find other ways to visit and participate in exhibitions, 
fairs, conferences, meetings, residencies. We will not fly for 
inspiration, nor to appreciate, buy or sell art.

    But only if 6 others will do the same AND replicate this pledge.

    This pledge is designed for exponential growth so if you persuade 
another 6 people to do the same,  within a year you could be one of 
millions of people changing the way the artworld works. So sign up, 
create a replica pledge and share your own experiences, observations and 
arguments towards reducing art flights. Post a link to it in the comment 
box so others can find their way to it.

    This is a public art experiment in the de-escalation of 
carbon-fuelled, high altitude, high-velocity, global art careering. For 
six months we choose to cover less physical distance, move more slowly 
between destinations, to look futureward with more attention to the view 
from the ground and the network, for ways to connect with others around 
the world.

    Who can sign up to this pledge? Any individual involved in the arts: 
artist (in the broadest sense), curator, art administrator, art 
appreciator, gallerist, art critic, art historian, art academic, art 
technician, art security, art transporter etc. Whether you currently fly 
for art 50 times a year or never, your engagement will change things by 
making your position in the artworld visible and by offering an 
alternative perspective. If you work with others you may need to 
completely revise your schedules and budgets and lobby for the right not 
to fly.

    This is to light the blue touch paper of Gustave Metzger's Reduce 
Art Flights campaign using the generative and viral capabilities of 
social networks. We want to know more about the impact of air-flight on 
the artworld (and beyond). We intuit that abstaining from air flight 
will motivate and enable people (with more time, money, energy and 
attention) to relate differently to their own local cultures and to 
connect more imaginatively to other cultures.

    Inspirations and Observations

    Artwork- 'Reduce Art Flights' by Gustave Metzger, reviewed here 

    Sustainable Development- Social science on the environmental impact 
of economic growth
    'Why Politicians Dare Not Limit Economic Growth' by Tim Jackson 

    Investigative Journalism - What can we do to stop climate change?
    Heat (2006) by George Monbiot, summarised and reviewed here 
    Monbiot's Guardian blog http://tinyurl.com/dcew6o

    Plane Stupid Campaign- 'bringing the aviation industry down to earth'

    More Art and Ecology Links- http://delicious.com/ruthc/ecology+art

    DIWOlogue- http://diwologue.net/blog/?p=38

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