A global conference for homebodies.
ElectroSmog – the International Festival for Sustainable Immobility, ran from March 19 to 21, 2010 (NZ timezone.) and was conducted through online video conferences and second life hubs. People took part from Canada, the United States, Germany, Finland, Latvia, India, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom. CoLab’s Becca Woods performed with a group of globally distributed collaborators in ‘Backyard Dances’ where dancing bodies and local backyards were transported via communication technologies allowing them to be everywhere at once, while staying home. Exciting projects were also developed by teams of BCT (Bachelor of Creative Technologies) students as part of the Electrosmog Festival and were online during the festival – see:http://creativetechnologies.ac.nz/projects.html
The exploration of Sustainable Immobility is a quest for a more sustainable life style, which is less determined by speed and constant mobility. A lifestyle that celebrates stronger links to local cultures, while at the same time deepening our connections to others across any geographical divide, using new communication technologies instead of physical travel. The festival brought together a broad coalition of designers, environmentalists, urban and spatial planners, technologists, artists, theorists, alongside engaged and concerned citizens, with the aim to explore and ‘design’ sustainable immobility.