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

Pall Thayer pallthay at gmail.com
Thu Apr 16 11:25:13 CEST 2009


> 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

I would assume that the shorter flights are more destructive than the
"long-hauls" as it takes a lot more energy to put a plane in the sky
than it does to keep it there.

As I mentioned before, living on an island, split between tectonic
plates, doesn't leave me a lot of options but when given the
opportunity, I really enjoy traveling by land. I like taking trains
across France or the bus from Boston to Montreal. Even the 10 hour
(each way) train trip from Montreal to New York (driving takes 6 - 7
hours) was a treat. Looking out the window at the tops of the clouds
gets really boring after a while. But I really do wonder how these
forms of travel compare when the number of passengers is also figured
into the mix. If you compare a plane from Boston to Montreal to the
bus, is there really a significant difference in fossil fuel
consumption when you also figure in the fact that it might take 3 or 4
buses to transport a single flight's passengers as well and all of the
fuel used to maintain the roads?

> 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
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>
> simon at littlepig.org.uk
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> AIM/Skype: simonbiggsuk
>
>
> ________________________________
> 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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