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I’ll do it, but only if you’ll help

Pledge “wewontflyforart4”

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

— Lynn Cook

Deadline to sign up by: 26th April 2009
2 people signed up, 4 more were needed

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This pledge is a descendent of set up by Marc Garrett and Ruth Catlow.

The basics are:

1. 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.

So I won't be flying to Melbourne, or Brisbane, or Canberra, or Adelaide to visit the galleries. I won't be flying to Europe to go to the Venice Biennale (which I was considering doing last night). I won't fly until November 2009.

2. Sign up, create your own pledge and add a link to it in the comment box, then share your own experiences, observations and arguments towards reducing art flights.

3. This is a public art experiment in the de-escalation of carbon-fuelled, high altitude, high-velocity, global art careering. So 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.

4. 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'

More Art and Ecology Links-


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  • I'm not likely to fly for anything.
    Peter Cook, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Cade is keen to rollerskate to Uluru!

    Or we could windsurf to Adelaide. This project has taken on a whole new dimension - it's turned into fun ways to get around.
    Lynn Cook, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
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Lynn Cook, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • Cade
  • Peter Cook

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