Environmental Audit is a project by Lucas Ihlein.
Between July and October 2010, I am conducting an Environmental Audit on the exhibition In the Balance: Art for a Changing World at the MCA in Sydney.
The exhibition engages with environmental concerns and the thorny territory surrounding “sustainability”.
I’ve been commissioned by the MCA to carry out this “meta-project” which turns attention back onto the exhibition itself, asking:
“If the museum puts on an exhibition about the environment, how much in the way of resources is consumed, how much carbon (etc) emitted in the process?”
In other words, was it worth it?
HOW IT WILL BE DONE:
My project will take the form of a blog and a series of prints I’ll be making on the Big Fag Press. The prints will be a way of trying to chart, graph and map the complex data which will no doubt be unearthed during the Audit.
(As an artist within the exhibition, it’s only fair that I audit myself, too.)
With a rather broad scope, the Environmental Audit project will consider the exhibition in the wider context of increasing worldwide consciousness about climate change.
Here’s a one-minute-video shot by Melinda from the MCA in early September 2010, in which I try to explain what my project is all about:
ABOUT THE AUDITOR:
You can read a bit more about my thoughts for the project at its very beginnings, here.
You can read a bit more about Lucas Ihlein and what makes him tick, here.
Lucas would like to thank the following luminaries :
- Glenn Barkley, Anna Davis, Isabel Hesketh, and all the staff at the MCA.
- Nick and Kirsten from Milkwood Permaculture, where I’ve been studying total energy flows, an education which is indispensible to this project.
- Pat Armstrong, Mickie Quick and Diego Bonetto, my comrades from Big Fag Press, where the prints for the exhibition are being made.
- Lizzie Muller, who keeps me from going bonkers with these crazy projects
SOME AUDITABLE QUOTES:
At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done. Then they begin to hope it can be done. Then they see it can be done. Then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.
-Frances Hodgson Burnett, as quoted in Lea Foster Warden and Sara Frantz, “Registrars and Sustainability: An Introduction to the Issues and a Call for Action“, an essay included in Buck and Gilmore, Museum Registration Methods, 5th Edition, AAM Press, Washington, 2010.
Always we hope someone has the answer
Some other place will be better
Some other time, it will out turn out.
This is it
No one else has the answer
No other place will be better
It has already turned out.
-Lao-tsu. (Thanks to Jessica, a fellow student in the Permaculture course I’ve been attending.)
“My husband will drive miles for a cheap tank of petrol”
-An anonymous wife, overheard by me in the MCA, sometime during the late 1990s