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

Ruth Catlow ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org
Sun Apr 12 19:07:27 CEST 2009

Thanks Karen and Dimos for joining us so quickly and for setting longer
pledge deadlines; )

For those who'd like to join us but have tickets already booked for
art-flights before 26th April, check out the comments:-
- Karen's pledge has a 10th May as its deadline
- Dimos Dimitriou has 15th May


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From: Ruth Catlow <ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org>
Reply-To: ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org, NetBehaviour for networked
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Subject: [NetBehaviour] We won't fly for art : Take the Pledge
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2009 14:16:35 +0100

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

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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