marc garrett on Mon, 13 Apr 2009 17:40:47 +0200 (CEST)

[Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

<nettime> We won't fly for art : Take the Pledge.

We won't fly for art : Take the Pledge.

"I will not fly for art but only if 6 other people will do the same AND 
replicate this pledge."

— Marc Garrett and Ruth Catlow

Deadline to sign up by: 26th April 2009

More details:
We won't fly for art

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 

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

Sustainable Development- Social science on the environmental impact of 
economic growth
'Why Politicians Dare Not Limit Economic Growth' by Tim Jackson

Investigative Journalism - What can we do to stop climate change?
Heat (2006) by George Monbiot, summarised and reviewed here
Monbiot's Guardian blog

Plane Stupid Campaign- 'bringing the aviation industry down to earth'

#  distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission
#  <nettime>  is a moderated mailing list for net criticism,
#  collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets
#  more info:
#  archive: contact: