Thursday, August 11, 2016

BACK TO THE FUTURE - AN INTENTIONAL LEARNING PROJECT FOR CHILDREN IN COPENHAGEN


Back To The Future from Made To Create on Vimeo.

Quotes from a text about Intentional Art by Ann-Sofie Nielsen Greamaud

"Intentional Art has been formulated as a manifesto highlighting a number of characteristic features: primarily the artworks are to be communicative and have a clear message, the artworks are anti-establishment, political, revolutionary, collective and democratic, process oriented and based on non-violent expressions."

"The focus of art projects defined as intentional art – such as those of the Triangle Project – is on political change through direct involvement of the audience. Therefore many artworks are performance and workshop-based."

"One term that pops up frequently in connection with these projects is responsibility. Theories from the Frankfurt School about the emancipatory potential of modern art to expose aspects of capitalism to the public and inspire political change echo in the project. The cave is used as metaphor for the current position of the global individual as consumer and cave paintings are used as a prime example of human creative interpretation of challenges ahead. This parable is used as conceptual foundation for the project’s expression of art’s political potential."

"The focus in the artistic activities and engagements is on environmental awareness, alternative energy, social and economical inequality."

"The process and outcome of artistic activism is thought within democratic frames and as it is often the case in political performance art, the boarders between artist and audience are fluid as the participators all become creators."

"The group members describe the project as a living cell that is transformed and constantly changes shape, however always with an emphasis on intention. Finally, based on the idea that if enough people share an intent, chances are that this intent will materialize. Thus, a key statement of intentional art is: Be the Change You Want to see in the World."


During the spring of 2016, the CO2 Green Drive Project brought the the ideas and adventures in the project, out to the schools of Copenhagen. The kids were introduced to the history of art, fossil fuels, the car industry and how fossil fuels have impacted earths climate with CO2 and NOx and wars effecting our current society. There were also shown films about the 7 year adventures of how the CO2 Green Drive has been around the world, spreading the good word about a possible green future with alternative energy. The learning project continues in the fall and winter of 2016, with a grand finale at COP22 in Marrakesh. It is a collaboration with Louis Palmer and The Wave Project, along with a long list of partners.
(see them in the end of above video)


The children were given the oppertunity to write and illustrate their own intents of how they personally will to to be part of creating a better world. The were given a feeling that also their voice will be heard, and that everyones voice is important. A shared intent from children around the world, with a message to tell the world leaders at COP22, that they need to take some drastic measures to create a better world, for them and their children, and their grand children.


After about an hour of information and stories from Jacob Fuglsang Mikkelsen, the children were given cards, that were exactly measured to fit into the giant mosaic of cards to be shown in both Geneva and Marrakech.


The final Mosaic of cards will be photographed with a high resolution drone camera, so each card can be seen online by zooming in on the image. This mean that all the children that participated in the project, will be able to see their own card, among many thousands of cards from children worldwide.


Above card says: "Use electricity and make it yourself"


"I will plant a three"


"I will use an electric car"


"I will bike more"


"I will send my clothes to other people who need it, when I can't fit it myself"


Sitting in an electric car!


Be the "E" handsign borrowed from Earth Day New York!


After the cards were done in Copenhagen, they were sent to Bremerhaven where they were put into the large scale mosaic.


The United Nations Building in Geneva.
The Electric Cars who brought the cards from Bremerhaven to Geneva in a 1,5 C formation on Place des Nations.
The Geneva Mosaic
The Geneva Mosaic - placing the cards out for the Guinness World Record.
Keeping the cards in place with bottles.
Documentation
Layout
Some of the more than 9000 cards in the mosaic
Speech by Adam Rogers from UNDP
Speech by Maria Louises who is the Director of UNDP's office in Geneva
Maria Louises, Director of UNDP's office in Geneva

The Costa Rica's Representantive at the UN, Ambassador H.E. Elayne Whyte Gomez.
The initiator and spearhead behind The Wave Project - Louis Palmer!
The Drone taking the high resolution images.
International Press documenting
The cards are brought back into safety before the storm

Ready to continue the travels to COP22 in Marrakech!



Finally an image from Ukraine, with the children that participated there in collaboration with our good friends from EVIM that we have met in previous adventures, that you can read more about HERE

DO YOU WANT TO BE PART OF THE ABOVE PROJECT?

You can at any time ask an ambassador from the Wave Project to participate in the COP22 version, with your childs school. Look up your area on earth and find the right ambassador for you HERE


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

VERDENS LÆNGSTE ELBIL-PARADE VED SILKEBORGMOTORVEJENS ÅBNING



Vejdirektoratet har stillet en del af Silkeborgmotorvejen til rådighed for et spektakulært rekordforsøg ved åbningen af silkeborgmotorvejen søndag d. 11. september. Her vil deltagerne blive vidner til det, der skal blive verdens længste parade af elbiler.  

Forenede Danske Elbilister FDEL* gennemfører i samarbejde med CO2 Green Drive samt projektpartnerne Bent Vistisen, Jan Meier-Larsen og Jørn Grønkjær et Guinness World Record forsøg med verdens længste elbil-parade. Alle elbilerne placeres sidst i den store bilkortege, der efter snoreklippet bliver de første biler på den nye motorvej.

”Vores mål er omkring 300 elbiler fra Danmark, Norge, Sverige og Tyskland. Det bliver en helt unik oplevelse at opleve fremtidens bud på miljøvenlig kørsel med elbiler” siger formanden for FDEL, Martin Messer Thomsen.


Den hidtil største elbil-parade er på 241 biler og blev gennemført i Montreal i Canada den 18. april 2015. Den 21. september 2014 satte vi i Danmark Guinness rekord på Øresundsbroen med 160 elbiler i kortege over en bro.

”Motorvejsåbningen i Silkeborg er en enestående mulighed for at profilere elbiler og elbilernes udbredelse. Og det tilmed i et af de smukkeste områder i Danmark” siger Bent Vistisen fra styregruppen. Foruden kortegekørslen vil der blive udstillet elbiler fra bilfabrikker over hele verden. 

Der bliver præsenteret helt nye og spændende bilmodeller, og der er allerede tæt kontakt til forhandlere og importører. Ved FDEL´s stand bliver der dagen igennem arrangementer, der sætter fokus på bl.a. teknik, design, energi og afgifter.


Som ekstra profilering af elbilerne afsluttes rekordforsøget med en elbil-parade gennem Silkeborg i en rute, der former symbolet ”CO2”. Det sker som en del af det globale klima- og teknologiprojekt 
CO2 Green Drive, som er startet af kunstneren Jacob Fuglsang Mikkelsen. 


Projektet blev første gang opført under COP15 i København. Paraden slutter med en ”Cat Walk”, hvor elbilerne vises frem som modeller på en scene. Alt sammen for at give de mange gæster, turister og elbilentusiaster en involverende og fælles oplevelse.

Elbilerne er højaktuelle på den politiske dagsorden, og Klimarådet har netop offentliggjort sin rapport Afgifter der forandrer med to klare anbefalinger til regeringen om snarest at sænke afgiften på elbiler og afgiften på el.

”I Danmark ønsker vi at fastholde vores førerposition som det mest innovative og grønne land i verden, og verdens længste parade af elbiler vil være et godt signal at sende i forbindelse med indvielsen af den nye motorvej,” understreger Jørn Grønkjær fra styregruppen.

Forberedelsen af Guinness World Record forsøget og det store praktiske arrangement foregår i samarbejde med bilimportører og -forhandlere samt en række andre virksomheder og sponsorer.

Hvis du har en elbil o vil være med, så kan du tilmelde dig rekordforsøget HER!

Yderligere oplysninger:
Partner og styregruppemedlem Bent Vistisen – mobil 2490 6575
FDEL bestyrelsesmedlem og partner Jan Meier-Larsen – mobil 6110 8412
Partner og styregruppemedlem Jørn Grønkjær – mobil 2462 0266




*Forenede Danske Elbilister FDEL blev stiftet i maj 2013 som forbrugerorganisation for elbilister, med det formål at udbrede kendskabet til elbiler og påvirke samt understøtte løsninger, der får flere elbiler på vejene – og dermed aktivt hjælper til med at fremme den grønne omstilling i Danmark. FDEL er anerkendt som talerør for elbilister blandt de forskellige aktører og interessenter i elbilverdenen


Sunday, May 22, 2016

POLAR BEAR CO2 EARTH DAY PERFORMANCE ON UNION SQUARE - APRIL 17TH 2016 - WITH SPEECH BY UFFE ELBÆK



The Polar Bear Earth Day Ride Performance was done on April 17th 2016, in connection to Earth Day New York's annual celebration on Union Square. In the previous years collaborations with Earth Day New York the focus has been on Electric Cars and Electric Vehicles of all kinds in collaboration with Mr. Green . This time around the focus was on bikes, as a way of CO2 neutral transportation, and on Polar Bears as the animal who suffers the most from the climate changes caused by among many things CO2. The route was specially designed to take place on New Yorks new bike lanes, officially called "Copenhagen Lanes".


In previous years performances with electric vehicles, the route of the GPS Tag has been "E", as part of Earth Day New York's "Be the E Campaign". The 2016 Campaign was "Car Free Earth Day". So for the first time a "CO2" tag was done in the streets of the city.


Mr. Green and his Green Suited Crew have since the first version during COP15, been undertaking the elements of performance, humor and flashmobbing as part of the event.



This time around CO2 Green Drive was in collaboration with the Danish Green Party "The Alternative" and their Political leader Uffe Elbæk. Mr. Elbæk held a speech on the main stage on Union Square, where he talked about the climate crisis we are facing, about the positive results from COP21 in Paris along with giving a Huge Green Hug from Copenhagen to New York!


Next to the stage was the Unbearable sculpture by Jens Galschiøt. A sculpture that the day before was installed in a large scale version in front of the Parliament in Copenhagen. See more in the end of the article. 


Uffe was not all dressed out in white, but being a Grey Polar Bear worked out well too! Next to him is the New York based Danish Top Model Terese Pagh, who had gone all out in her Polar Bear Dressing Styles.


The GPS Tag CO2 Route webinterface, with logos from the collaborators CO2 Green Drive, Tine's Up, Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space and Earth Day New York/Earth Day Initiative in each corner.
The performance could be seen LIVE during on: http://co2greendrive.gilvader.dk/ny16.html


The CO2 Route started on 22nd Street and 5th Avenue. In above image just above Union Square on Broadway and 18th Street. The group are The Polar Bear Bike Performers, who with their CO2 Green Drive GPS APP was about to push "Start" and thereby paint the orange virtual brush stroke on the streets of New York. 



The "C" in the CO2 route started by the above phone box, where a collect call was made to Lord Gilvader in Copenhagen, letting him know that the ride was On, like Ron. Hello Mr. Anderson.


Everyone made sure they started their APP so they could be the artists, the art and initiate the performance.


The whole route was pre-scouted and green tape was placed strategically by the Copenhagen Lanes whereupon the CO2 route took place.


The Copenhagen Lanes have many different shapes and colors in New York. Sometimes it is just two wide White Lines on the ground, as above.


Go Left!


Uffe's personal assistant Mark Hessellund Beanland was also part of the performance, on one of New York own CitiBikes that can be rented all over the city. In above image going south by the Chelsea Piers on West Side.


Go Right!


"So, now we have just finished the "C" as we enter 6th Avenue going north as we start on the "O", said the guy with the Orange pants.


Go Right!


You in the Blue, Strike a pose! Great light came upon the performers as they left West Village and went north on 6th Avenue.


Titan, Polar Bear, TAN, Inside Amy Schumer - Spiral.


In above photo of Bill Di Paola, who is the Founder of the eenvironmental organization and bike activist group Time's Up! Bill documented most of the ride with his mobile phone and uploaded videos and images throughout the ride on the Facebook page for Time's Up, with their almost 7000 followers.



The above video of Terese on the route was done by Bill, and soon got many likes!


Stand Alone in the Land of Clones - said the Blue Bird! Two Blocks that way.


This Polar Bear Rider stood alone in the land of clones, waiting for the red light, for one moment in time.


Four Blocks to the left right here.


The Freedom Tower has replaced The Twin Towers as the new icon seen in skyline of the city. Not my cup of tea, but then again I prefer coffee.


YS SEEN YOU, CO2


At times one could suspect the ride of being some kind of undercover Fashion show or shoot.


Go Right.


The performers stopped outside the legendary Club Limelight, housed in a classic old Gothic Church, on 20th Street and 6th Avenue.


Even Uffe could tell stories about his adventures at Limelight back in the days. And so could Yrs Truly.


NYC DESIGN


Shades and Sun


That way, just keep going that way - with Bird & CC


The final spurt down 10th street to end the "O" by the Triangle Project artist Baris in full Polar Bear gear.


THE END


A final photo from the performance with the Danish Biomega Bikes dressed out as Polar Bears. Biomega Bikes supported the performance by lending out four amazing bikes to be tested and seen in the streets of New York during Earth Day and later exhibited them at the annual New York Bike Expo. Thanks Biomega! 


The above is a screenshot of the actual route that was done. The final version of the CO2 Tag is programmed to only show the CO2 letters and not the in-between-route that was done to cover all the coordinates for the streets creating the CO2 tag. The route was also selected to only be on Copenhagen Lanes, so it was going in the legally right directions throughout the route. 


After the ride was over, all the performers was served a Magic Soup and Boreka by Dilara from Abracadabra. Dilara and her husband Ahmet are part of TheTriangle Project and have collaborated in version of the project in both Istanbul and Copenhagen too. Lately they have brought their brilliant food concept from Istanbul to superhip Williamsburg, where they have their restaurant on Bedford Avenue. 


The freshly baked Boreka was delicious.


But, the Magic Soup was amazing! Just what a Polar Bear Peformer needs after a good ride.


Is Uffe looking into the Cup Dilara is holding?



Brendan & Bill


The always laughing and smiling Dilara!



Ahmet, Orange Pants and Dilara talking Turkish politics and old memories..


Banner with images from the 2011 version on Times Square - with Mr. Green representing. 


Jens Galshiøt's Unbearable Polar Bear Sculpture, with camouflaged Biomega Bikes


The Unbearable Polar Bear was on April 15th picked up at the office of Mogens Lykketoft at the UN Headquarters Building, with the help of a Biomega PEK Cargo Bike.



The Unbearable Sculpture was during the day also placed by the booth of Michael Albert. Michael Albert is an old friend of the project and used to have a permanent floor with his art on the 3rd floor of the legendary Gershwin Hotel. However, his next door neighbours was not happy about the hardcore message and look of the sculpture. There were many children present and they felt it scared them a bit, so it was moved back be placed next to the main stage. The question is if art should be scary, or just so shocking so people can wake up?


Yes, the Unbearable sculpture is sad and scary. It does scare children and even some adults, but this form of Intentional Art does make people think and react. Is it the role of the artist to take on the role in society to try and wake people up and make them think about life? Well, Mr. Galschiøt has been doing activist political art for over 20 years, and just keeps going on doing his art and his thing. He has also figured out a way to make a living out of his art and therefore does not have to care what the official mainstream Danish art scene thinks. He really does not care and he does not need their money. Or as Andy Warhol put it: “Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”


The Unbearable Polar Bear is impaled on the peak of the 2015 CO2 curve.


Here is the large scale version, as mentioned in the beginning of the story. It is placed in front of the Danish Parliament, to be seen by Danish Politicians walking by and looking out their windows. It is also placed on a square in the heart of the city, with street full of cars, buses, bikes and pedestrians. Read more about the project in this Business Insider story.


Well, this sweet little squirrel was not impaled by anyone in the Polar Bear Performance group. Instead it got some Boreka and hung out on one of the bikes for a while.


Jesper Hyuk Larsen who in the above photo from Earth Day 2013 were interviewed by FOX News, took most of the photos in this post. Thanks Jesper, what would we do without you?


David Victor Rose and his Treehouse Factory Crew also showed up, however a bit too late so the main riders had taken off. Thanks for showing up, and the outfits are great! See you next time around!


Yanna Paradise was another Triangle Project artist who was also missing for the performance, as she was in Europe for her own adventures. Yanna however, helped laying allot of the groundwork, coordinating the plans locally, leading up to the event. Yanna is part of the all women performance group called W.I.S.E .W.I.S.E. is a multi-faceted feminist and ever-evolving performance group. The letters W.I.S.E. are as changeable as the nature of reality. Such as "With Infinite Shakti Energy", "Women in Support of the Earth", "Wanderers Into Shamanic Exploration".


April 24th was spent on a rooftop belonging to Bryn in Williamsburg, with a spectacular view over the new Manhattan skyline. Many of the New York based Triangle artists were present celebrating 44 Orange years. The above image was done by Lucien Samaha.

Thanks again to everyone being part of the performance and this New York adventure!