[NetBehaviour] What would happen if art institutions would work with energy budgets?

Danielle Siembieda dsiembieda at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 1 01:25:13 CEST 2021

There is a new program out of Canada that has a manifesto they have been sharing out http://sustainablecurating.ca/

I do like this approach and gives a lot of thought to how we do things both in-person and online.
Personally, this has been my longest project (artinspector.org) within many iterations of trying to change artists, performers, cultural workers. It seems it's just not getting some attention but ultimately this is about changing the way we teach, changing the way we consume, and creating new forms of the supply chain.

Energy is the most approachable part of this as there are policies and incentives for this. Its the other aspect around making that lacks a clear path.

One other aspect of thinking through all of this is the fact that you cannot separate environmental justice from the climate crisis. This should be involved in how artists look at their practice whether or not their practice is directed at climate work or not.  If art is a profession the profession needs to adapt.

The Centre for Sustainable Curating supports research, exhibitions, visual/digital production, and pedagogy focused on environmental and social justice. Located in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University, the CSC encourages research into waste, pollution, and climate crisis, and the development of exhibitions and artworks with low carbon footprints

danielle siembieda

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Hi both,
really happy to see this happening. although I am not really attached to any museum or bigger institution, I am interested in how sustainability can be applied to artwork and artists’ mobility without limiting their work. I know that some of you have already decided not to take a plane to reduce carbon footprints, but some artworks would not be possible for some who work in certain contexts, and some artists would be extremely isolated (and disadvantaged) if they stayed in one place all the time.
I am thinking slow residences and collaboration between independent and established institutions, but I would like to hear if and what was said in relation to this issue.

has anybody come across some literature or has heard from your respective institutions?


roberta buiani

On Sep 30, 2021, at 5:12 PM, Danielle Siembieda via NetBehaviour <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org<mailto:netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org>> wrote:

Hi Joana,
Is it serendipitous that you are sharing this. As I am reading this I am also in a workshop on sustainability and museums. They recently shared this Stich Carbon calculator link https://stich.culturalheritage.org/ but there are others like Julies Bicycle.
Im also consulting about environmental performance, energy use, and exhibition cycles with cultural institutions.
Happy to see this is happening and would love to talk with you more about it.

Danielle https://www.siembieda.com/sustainability
Creative Work in Sustainability - siembieda.com<https://www.siembieda.com/sustainability>
Creative Work in Sustainability . I work with green technology and energy systems in artworks. I am interested in change of public behavior of how we understand energy and the environment.

One of the greatest challenges of the 21st Century is climate change. STiCH: a life cycle assessment (LCA) Carbon Calculator and Library of Case Studies and Information Sheets developed to help cultural heritage professionals make educated, sustainable choices to lower the environmental impact of their work.

danielle siembieda

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Subject: [NetBehaviour] What would happen if art institutions would work with energy budgets?

Dear all, (apologies for cross-posting)
I'm happy to announce 16/2017, a new project that forces "Centre d’Arts Santa Mònica", a major art center in Barcelona, to cut its energy use by 50% during 4 months. Or in other words: to radically limit the use of air conditioning, lights and flights among other variables.
16/2017 is named after a law approved by the government of Catalonia in 2017, which, among other things, obliges the government to work with carbon budgets in order to halve its Co2 emissions by 2030, as stated in the Paris Agreement. Unfortunately, the Catalan government is substantially delaying the application of these measures, or in other words, the law is currently not being applied. Therefore, the artist has proposed to the Centre d’Arts Santa Mònica to reduce its energy expenditure by 50% during the four months-long exhibition "Exposar · No exposar-se · Exposar-se · No exposar" . Thus, the museum will have to define a self-energy regulation mechanism to avoid exceeding the budget during the length of the exhibition. Or in other words, all the actors involved in the exhibition project will have to negotiate new methods of social interaction to stick to the energy budget.

To achieve this goal, we have set up weekly meetings to negotiate and define the energy budget of the exhibition, and correct its possible deviations. These meetings are open to the public, the members of the management team of the museum, and all those agents involved with the exhibition. The piece is also built around a mural graph that will be filled in according to the weekly meetings and their agreements. This graph will indicate the energy expenditure agreed during the weekly negotiations, such as how many hours the building’s air conditioning will work or the number of hours that the exhibition lights will be turned on, among other variables.
In a context of climate emergency, where the scarcity of resources will intensify in the coming decades, elaborating proposals capable of articulating human activities around limited energy resources, is a necessary exercise to favor new cultural rituals which are more consistent with our contemporary climatic conditions.
Full PR here: https://janavirgin.com/PR/16_2017_premsa_en.pdf
Exhibition site: https://artssantamonica.gencat.cat/en/detall/Exposar-No-exposar-se-Exposar-se-No-exposar
Best wishes,
Joana Moll

Joana Moll

Critical Interface Politics

Institute for the Advancement of Popular Automatisms

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