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.
Critical Interface Politics
Institute for the Advancement of Popular Automatisms