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

Michael Szpakowski szpako at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 15 01:01:03 CEST 2009


Hi Ruth
pretty much my every breath is dedicated to trying to blag an art related trip outside Europe so I don't think I can do this one, or at least not until I've pulled that off. However I am happy to promise *never, ever* to drive anywhere in pursuit of my art...
warmest wishes
michael


--- On Sun, 4/12/09, Ruth Catlow <ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org> wrote:


From: Ruth Catlow <ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org>
Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] We won't fly for art : Take the Pledge
To: "NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity" <netbehaviour at netbehaviour.org>
Date: Sunday, April 12, 2009, 6:07 PM


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 http://www.pledgebank.com/wewontflyforart2
- Dimos Dimitriou has 15th May http://www.pledgebank.com/wewontflyforart3

Cheers
Ruth

-----Original Message-----
From: Ruth Catlow <ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org>
Reply-To: ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org, NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity <netbehaviour at netbehaviour.org>
To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity <netbehaviour at netbehaviour.org>
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
http://www.pledgebank.com/wewontflyforart
- 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 http://tinyurl.com/cnv44r

Sustainable Development- Social science on the environmental impact of economic growth 
'Why Politicians Dare Not Limit Economic Growth' by Tim Jackson http://tinyurl.com/6784zw

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

Plane Stupid Campaign- 'bringing the aviation industry down to earth' 
http://www.planestupid.com/  

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

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

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