Sustainable principles and guidelines

The independent AIR is an environmentally sustainable art organisation at all levels.

·         We want to create space and possibilities for artists to relate to the increasing ecological and social crises the world is facing in this Anthropocene era and the global challenges that are ever present.

·         We want to run all activities as environmentally sustainable as possible and we try to inspire our participants and collaborators to make sustainable choices as well.

All collaborators participating in projects finances by The Independent AIR are obligated to make sustainable choices regarding the project within the practical and economical limits

The sustainable guide-lines that we strive to follow are:


Consider whether transportation is necessary regarding meetings and other events. Is there another solution such as online meetings like skype or using platforms like Google Drive, Dropbox etc.?

If transportation is necessary, flying should be avoided when possible.  If the travel time is below 8 hours the travel shall be made by 1. train 2. bus 3. car (and ferry if necessary).

The most sustainable company in each category of transport should be chosen.   eg. - a flight company who is researching in a greener flight fuel, busses with the newest EU-standard engine e or a company who in other ways can document a sustainable business.

If flying is unavoidable there must be made a compensation such as supporting a forestation project or another recognised CO2-reducing project. (Suggestion list under preparation)

To reduce transportation it should be considered if events or meetings in the same area could be combined.

Use bicycles for shorter local transportation


Vegan, organic and preferable local food should be chosen as far as possible for all meetings and activities. (see detailed calculations of  of CO2 emissions for different food for inspiration of choices here.

Avoid food with a long travel distance (food-miles)

Food waste should be avoided by e.g.: careful planning, right preparation and storing, reuse of leftovers, giving away or sharing leftovers.

Choose restaurants and suppliers that can document a sustainable business on as many levels as possible - e.g. a food waste strategy

Avoid disposable tableware as far as possible. If it is unavoidable, choose sustainable products from renewable materials and no plastic.

Use tap-water instead of water in plastic bottles – encourage participants to bring field bottles

Make it easy for participants to re-use their coffee cups and water glasses, so they should not be cleaned all the time

Materials and services

Use and buy only what is needed of all kinds of materials and products. Careful planning, coordinating and overview are good tools.

Avoid materials with hazardous chemicals. The more chemicals used in a product the more likely that some of them will be hazardous

Choose if possible eco labeled products. (See list over international eco labels)

Avoid plastic as much as possible. If plastic is needed chose recycled plastic products if possible.

Demand documented environmentally friendly products and make demands on supplier and manufacturer

Choose companies who are certified with an international environmental management standard (ISO 14001 or EMAS) or companies who can document at sustainable business/product. -  A company who have an international environmental management standard are looking in to the whole production chain.

Choose accommodation that have a green label, are environmental management certified or in other ways show an environmental friendly business  

Challenge and inspire collaborating artists to use sustainable/non harmful materials in their art production. It is important to at least take a conscious choice.


Recycling and reuse

                   Recycle waist in as many fractions as possible in the local waste system

Use preferable second hand wherever possible. This goes for areas as equipment, furniture, household items etc.

Investigate whether it is possible to share or borrow event equipment from other cultural organisations.

Use products made of recycled materials whenever possible.

Energy use

Always think in energy savings regarding energy-consuming appliances. For new purchases, choose the most energy- and environmentally friendly products.

Pay attention to energy-saving behavior in relation to the consumption of electricity, water and heat.

Examine the possibilities for energy renovation of the premises that are used permanently


Communication and collaboration

Make a small guideline for participants and collaborators participating in meetings, events or projects, which tells about sustainable choices in the event and encourage them to act sustainable while participating.

Inspire and encourage collaborators to act sustainable – show them The Independent AIRs principles and guidelines

Challenge partners, participants and suppliers to find sustainable solutions and products – make it a sport, and make the good choices visible

Set aside an amount on the budget for CO2 compensation and specified sustainable choices that have an additional expense when fundraising for cultural projects – make it visible

Make sustainable choices visible on social media at exhibitions etc.


State of the Art Network

In October 2018 Nordic and Baltic artists, writers, researchers and art organisations are coming together in Silkeborg to discuss the role of art and multidisciplinary collaborations in the light of the current global ecological crises.

The seminar was initiated and hosted by The Independent AIR
Curated by Erich Berger/Bioart society, Marietta Radomska/The Posthumanities Hub, Andrea Pontippidan/Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology and Line & Sissel Thastum/The Independent AIR

Funded by Statens kunstfond, Nordic Culture Point and Nordisk kulturfond.

Our new Antology

The Anthology: We can stay here while we wait - Voices in the Anthropocene


The Independent AIR has edited an anthology with poetic, literary, scientific and philosophical texts to accompany the artistic exploration of the Anthropocene. The book is conceived as a choir with different voices, that while singing in different tones and depths, comes together in unison to comment and expand on the Anthropocene as a living and critical subject. 

The Anthology is divided into 5 chapters, each dealing with different elements that relate in a vital way to the way we interact with the planet.  The Plasticsphere deals with plastic and its pervasive presence; Sentient Beings is a chapter about animism and the interconnected spirit. Seeds explores plants and trees as locations of ecological disruption, Political Ecology highlights the connections between economic development and marginalisation and lastly, Radium and Polonium is a chapter which crystallizes the philosophical weight and geopolitical importance of atomic power. 

With contributions by among others Polly Higgins, Tim Jackson, Timothy Morton, Amartya Kumar Sen, William Wordsworth, Slavoj Zizek and many more. 

You can purchase the book for 30€ by sending an email to