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

Simon Biggs s.biggs at eca.ac.uk
Wed Apr 15 12:36:41 CEST 2009


I like sailing and it is reasonably green. It is a lot more fun than flying.

As for flying, I am a sinner. I have cut down a lot, more for the sake of my
own health rather than the planet¹s, so I don¹t fly every week or two
anymore. But I still fly about once a month, with two or three long-hauls a
year. What can I do? Stop showing art? Shift my practice from installation
to online work only ­ to some extent I have done that already? Quit all my
responsibilities that require me to be physically present somewhere else?

What is the carbon footprint of using Skype? Massive server-farms probably
have footprints similar to airports. Has anyone done a comparative analysis
on this?

Regards

Simon

Simon Biggs
Research Professor
edinburgh college of art
s.biggs at eca.ac.uk
www.eca.ac.uk
www.eca.ac.uk/circle/

simon at littlepig.org.uk
www.littlepig.org.uk
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From: Pall Thayer <pallthay at gmail.com>
Reply-To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity
<netbehaviour at netbehaviour.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 08:41:03 +0000
To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity
<netbehaviour at netbehaviour.org>
Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] We won't fly for art : Take the Pledge

Being stuck on an island in the middle of the North Atlantic makes
this one a bit tough for me too. I will however promise never to sail
for art as I've never found the ocean's sense of balance particularly
appealing.

best r.
Pall Thayer

On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 11:01 PM, Michael Szpakowski <szpako at yahoo.com>
wrote:
>
> 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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