FAIR REPORT

My thought about FAIR is in broken into the following two parts:

ONE:

HUMANITY MAKES A MESS,

FAIRNESS TO THE ENVIRONMENT, THE ARTIST’S RESPONSIBILITY

I often think that we as humans are just horrible when it comes to thinking about being in tandem with the earth. We just can’t help ourselves. Even if each of us creates a small amount of waste, we create enough waste together as a mass to have an effect. Now I am not perfect at all and mind you I see myself being part of the larger problem, but I do think about it and attempt to do things to lessen the impact of waste. Objects I create are made of things that can be returned to the earth to decompose without harm, or are things that are reused in installations (I still reuse objects I have carried for 15 years). But being alive, human and working as an artist, I have a need and want to share experiences, so for that reason I cannot help myself, but I do think about my choices and take responsibility.

I do feel like there is purpose in what I do, but it is important for me to be thoughtful in what I do. So in the case of this project created by RECLAMATION, the entire project should be reclaimed into reuse. The artists themselves are responsible for the project, and so should equally be responsible for its reuse/recycle. So the project I am setting is a performance that breaks down the project and sorts the pieces together into packages. The packages are then setup as reuse and recycle, and chronicled.

Items that can be reused are thoughtfully considered. Ex: Bolts and Screws can be sent to a place where resources are needed and possibly unavailable, places where homes need to be built and bolts and screws are incredibly useful.

SUCCESS.

Reusable items such as lights, extension cords, reusable screws, bolts, and nuts were donated to HMK for future use.

Items that can be recycled are properly sorted and then sent to be properly recycled into something that will enter back into society as something that is needed.

SUCCESS.

95% of Terrarium was broken down and brought to the HVC Inzameling Center for recycling. See outcome authored by Gerard.

Now what if there are items that are uselessly unrecoverable. This is a problem and must be thought about. My suggestion is that these items are split amongst the artists and that they carry these items with them. As artists they can find creative use for these discards to create and share their visions of how they see and view the world we live in.

MOSTLY FAIL (but on-going).

For the most part, this recommendation was not carried out. Most items (about 1 large garbage bag) that could not be recycled were trashed. However, plastic ties that were used in Terrarium and could not be recycled were sorted and packed for carrying, possible reuse, and chronicling by K. Kim. The carrying, possible reuse, and chronicling of this package is on-going.

FAIRNESS lies in our responsibilities. For those who cannot handle being FAIR, then there is JUSTICE.

TWO:

JUSTICE AKA FAIRNESS FOR IMPROPER BEHAVIOR

Problematic and “UGLY AMERICANS” that have caused havoc get a little JUSTICE to be FAIR. I am an American and embarrassed by “UGLY AMERICAN” behavior, which is not really a fair reflection of America, but there are some rotten apples in our community of people. Every country has bad representatives, but more often than not unfortunately GOOD AMERICANS get lumped in, but I do get it and it is embarrassing having bad apples represent us.

So a dunking booth will be set up, where they will sit. People who come will have the chance to make their own object to hurl at the target; it is encouraged that the objects be formed into an apple if possible. Here the bad apples can open their mouths all they want and make people angrier so that created objects can be hurled as many times as possible until the target is hit to sink them into the water that was reclaimed from the project. The objects that hit the target get to go home with person as a momento and reminder that they participated in JUSTICE AKA FAIRNESS FOR IMPROPER BEHAVIOR. I think this is fitting being that the event is held in the country that houses one of the greatest institution for JUSTICE, the Hague.

DISPUTABLE.

A dunking booth and apple-like objects were fashioned out of materials from Terrarium. It was fun for some, an act of free expression and speech for others, and for others it was offensive.

WOOK KIM
DESIGNER, ARTIST, TINKERER
NEW YORK, USA

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BRIAN, DAISY, DANIEL, JEFFREY, JOELLE, MAXIME
RICHARD BEHARRY’S CLASS 2S AT COPERNICUS, MIDDLE SCHOOL VISIONARIES
HOORN, NL

MOSTLY SUCCESS.

Flyers announcing FAIR were given to residents and visitors of Hoorn, and recipients were told that parts of the installation could be taken away for free. Visitors were invited and encouraged to take parts of the installation–particularly plants and fish. Unclaimed fish were returned to the pet shop. The plants went quickly, as did a few stones.


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INVERSE RELIQUARY (A PROPOSAL)

My proposal is relatively—and, I trust, appropriately—simple.

Deinstallation of Terrarium and the disposal of its constituent elements shall be handled completely by volunteers.

Each consenting individual shall pledge to serve as the custodian for a single element, or a single set of like elements, formerly employed in the construction of this environment.

Examples of a “single element” would be: a sheet of plywood; a houseplant; a brick.

Examples of a “single set of like elements” would be: a collection of screws; several L-brackets; any number of wine or beer bottles.

Each individual custodian must visit the current Terrarium site, and, in a single visit, personally remove and transport his / her chosen item from said site.

Each element or set of elements must be freely chosen by its custodian; no assignments shall be made.

Installation materials shall not be shipped, posted, or reserved for later pick-up via long-distance or virtual means.

A comprehensive registry of each element, set of elements and custodian shall be completed and placed in the care of an accredited library or archive

Each individual custodian shall pledge to continue to use, own, preserve, mind or otherwise intimately associate his / her person with his / her chosen element or set of elements for the rest of his / her natural life.

Elements / set of elements may not lent or loaned out for any purpose.

Elements / sets of elements may be recycled or destroyed for any reason(s) whatsoever..

Nor may elements / set of elements be substantially altered,, e.g., melted and reforged.

If elements / sets of elements are used with other materials in a future project, that use must be temporary and fully reversible. E.g., rope taken from the Terrarium exhibit may not be incorporated into a larger rope sculpture unless that identical rope is eventually disincorporated from that sculpture and restored to the state in which it was first taken / received from the Terrarium installation.

In the instance that some elements / set of elements is lost or permanently misplaced, the repository responsible for the registry of custodians must be notified, a note to this effect must be entered into the registry, and the custodian’s name struck ultimately struck from the same.

In the case of organic or biodegradable elements / sets of elements, each custodian for such “materials” shall preserve, to the best of his / her ability, the item(s) so that they retain some essential aspect of both the item(s)’ identity and substance. E.g., the custodian for one of Terrarium’s resident fish may agree to have the taxidermized upon its demise. However, a photograph or moving image of the fish, memorializing its previous existence, is not an acceptable method of preservation (though such visual documentation may supplement the taxidermized animal).

Each individual custodian shall further pledge to have his / her chosen element or set of elements interred, cremated or otherwise laid to rest with his / her physical remains upon his / her death.

Provision for this interment etc. with the chosen element or set of elements must be made in such a way as to include this duty among each individual custodian’s executor(s) liabilities.

With the final dispensation of each Terrarium elements or set of elements, the appropriate personnel at the repository for the afore-mentioned registry shall be notified, and a notation to this effect shall be entered into the registry itself.

Once all of Terrarium’s custodians have thus fulfilled their obligations to the project, and the registry has been fully notated as described above, the registry itself shall become the responsibility of the notator him- or herself, who shall then pledge to interred, cremated or otherwise laid to rest with his / her physical remains upon his / her death.

JOE MILAZZO
WRITER, EDITOR, EDUCATOR, DESIGNER
DALLAS, USA

MOSTLY FAIL (but on-going).

For the most part, this recommendation was not carried out. A number of “elements” were claimed and removed by volunteers aka visitors–plants, cactii, stones, rocks, a cardboard piece. However, the custodians of these items were not asked to pledge to continue to use, own, preserve, mind or otherwise intimately associate his / her person with his / her chosen element or set of elements for the rest of his / her natural life, nor was a registry of the elements and their custodians made.

However, plastic ties that were used in Terrarium were sorted and packed as an “element” claimed by K. Kim as custodian. These plastic ties continue to be in her possession and an attempt to carryout this recommendation with these plastic ties is on-going. See outcome for Wook Kim’s recommendation.

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Have kids smash the plates from the altar on the floor!!!

GERRIT
LONG-TIME RESIDENT OF HOORN
HOORN, NL

SUCCESS.

Easy. Noisy. Fun.

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Sell the materials via auction!

HEIN
EMPLOYEE OF SLAGERIJ LANGENDIJK
HOORN, NL

SUCCESS (sort of). 

A plant was auctioned for 1 euro.


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In real carnival fair spirit, make a game out of the materials!

JENS
EMPLOYEE OF MAGAZJIN KROP
HOORN, NL

SUCCESS.

Several games were made out of Terrarium’s materials through the execution of recommendations submitted by Wook Kim, Gerrit, and Carlo Martinez. In addition, FAIR itself is a game of sorts.

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Instructions: Anyone physically deinstalling or managing the deinstall should wear the t-shirt:

BEN SEGALL
GRAPHIC DESIGNER
LOS ANGELES, USA

DISPUTABLE.

There were no shirts in the installation itself on which to print Ben Segall’s design. So small color images of Ben Segall’s design were printed on paper and then worn by those deinstalling or managing the deinstall of Terrarium. It was successful in that the recommendation was executed. It was a fail in that it required the use of additional materials.


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AMY, ANGELE, ERIK, NICK, ROSAN, TJEERD
RICHARD BEHARRY’S CLASS 2S AT COPERNICUS, MIDDLE SCHOOL VISIONARIES
HOORN, NL

MOSTLY FAIL.

Some glass used in Terrarium were broken into smaller pieces. However, these pieces were not used to create new work that could be sold.


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This is how I view this gallery. Each person brings in a beer (can only) and stacks it. The next person does it and so forth until the cans fall then the person who dropped the cans picks seven people at random to help clean up.

Three collect the cans. Two crush the cans and two throw the cans away in recycling.

Kyoung will video all this for research. Once all cans are collected. The whole gallery should be drunk and start dancing.

If the tower doesnt fall down. Kyoung takes named from a hat and that person has to knock down the cans with there strong will or object.

EDDIE MORENO
ANIMATOR
LOS ANGELES, USA

FAIL. 

Canned beer was not sold at the event, nor were enough cans used in the installation to execute this recommendation.

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Deinstallation should be done in a fashion that preserves the integrity of the individual pieces of the Terrarium.

DISPUTABLE.

A number of individual pieces from Terrarium were taken by visitors in a fashion that preserves their integrity. This included plants, stones, a piece of cardboard, among other items. Used plastic ties were taken with the intent of using them in an as-yet-to-be-named capacity in the future. Fish were returned to the pet shop. 95% of items were recycled; though some may argue that recycling does not preserve the integrity of these individual pieces because they are physically changed, others may argue that in recycling these items, their integrity is in fact preserved, as they help maintain the integrity of the environment.

Anything that is possibly reusable could be provided to elementary schools (grades 1-5) in Hoorn or elsewhere in the NL if such schools could use the materials again for future art activities, or other initiatives.

Perhaps the Terrarium effort can be replicated in these schools, and continue to pass on to other schools through Holland, until the materials can no longer be reused. Guidance would be necessary to allow the effort to grow in alternative locations.

FAIL.

While area schools were involved in Terrarium workshops and developing FAIR recommendations, this recommendation was not carried out.

WASANA PUNYASENA
LIAISON OFFICER
NEW YORK, USA

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Divide the installation into equal mathematical proportions.

For instance, if there are ten people, it should be divided into ten pieces, like a pie.

Each person is responsible for discarding the materials and cleaning up their portion of the installation.

JUNGSOON KIM
SUPERWOMAN
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

FAIL.

There was some discussion on how this recommendation could be executed; however, it was not carried out.

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As far as what you should do with the Terrarium materials I think that from a physical therapy perspective it would be great to give people percussion instruments made from the left over materials. Really any 2 sticks or small objects would work and be able to be clacked together. Research shows that music with a heavy percussive and rhythmic nature stimulates the brain the most and inspires us to move and movement is key to living happily.

CARLO MARTINEZ
PHYSICAL THERAPIST
SANTA MONICA, USA

SUCCESS.

This recommendation was executed. It was fun. It was happy-making.

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Get a container, put the materials in it, and have it taken away. This is the easiest and best solution.

TRUDIE
OWNER OF VISHDANEL BEENTJES
HOORN, NL

DISPUTABLE.

Materials were put in containers which were in and of themselves part of Terrarium, but we did not have them taken away. Rather, we loaded up a rental van and took the materials away ourselves.

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CHERELLE, DENISE, DEVIN, KAJ, LIAM, SABINE, SADE
RICHARD BEHARRY’S CLASS 2S AT COPERNICUS, MIDDLE SCHOOL VISIONARIES
HOORN, NL

MOSTLY FAIL.

Terrarium materials were loaded into a container made from the exhibition. However, neither these nor any other Terrarium items were hauled away to the recycling center via bicycle. Instead, a rental van was used.


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The first time I came across the word ‘fair’ in a different context than sports was in ‘fair trade’ at the children’s group of our parish. Our group leaders and the parish priest asked us 9 year-olds for money to support their various projects in Africa and South America and told us about what they can achieve if we just gave a little bit. It was the late 1970s and the Roman-Catholicism I grew up with was dominated by stories about fearless missionaries who helped the indigenous people in their fight against exploitative landowners, a very socialism-infused Catholicism. Giving money was not the only option though. We could also buy locally grown products that have been traded fair, that means that an adequate amount of money was given to the workers and not the landowners or the traders. The products to buy were chocolate and coffee. They were nicely packaged and looked much different from other coffee brands that were around. Exotic. I believed in the project. I desired the package. I wanted to help fighting the brutal landowners. I wanted to convert my parents to fair-trade-coffee-drinkers. I wanted them to drink fair traded coffee from Guatemala. They denied, they couldn’t afford it back then.

The only two options are:

1. Assemble all the materials and build a gigantic cross. Convert as many people as possible.

DISPUTABLE.

A gigantic cross was assembled with materials from Terrarium and planted it temporarily in the garden of HMK. Conversion was not attempted.

2. Calculate a price for the materials that seems fair to you. Sell it at the fair, and use the profits to pay the interns and employees at the housing art institution a fair wage. Put the remaining amount in a piggy bank for the next artists-in-residence. Write them an open score on how to use it.

CLAUDIA SLANAR
WRITER, THINKER, LIFELONG STUDENT
LOS ANGELES, USA

DISPUTABLE.

Prices were not calculated for any items. However, 1.01 euros was received from one woman in exchange for/who purchased a plant, and another plant was auctioned off another for 1 euro. This money was donated to HMK. There was no remaining amounts for a piggy bank, and in turn, no open score was written.

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give everyone:

1) a small piece of foam board cut to scale with a map of the exhibits drawn on them

2) a tube of superglue

then send them on around the exhibit trick or treating for pieces of each exhibit.

each exhibitor should then be provided with a chisel/knife/scissors/eye gouger so they can lop off a piece of their exhibit to give to the trick or treaters to glue onto their foam board map to turn it into a perfect scale diorama of the original exhibit. extra points if they somehow mold the exhibit piece into a miniature replica of the original exhibit.

if the portion size of any exhibit piece comes into contention, i recommend the brams-taylor procedure. (in the spirit of full disclosure i have only ever seen this work for three people dividing a isoceles triangle cake, or rather a theoretical isoceles triangle cake).

failing that, 가위바위보.

ROBERT JOE, ESQ.
RADIO HOST/PRODUCER
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

SUCCESS.

Rather than use foam board or superglue, visitors were invited to use materials from Terrarium itself to make (rather abstract but for the most part materially-accurate) dioramas of it. It was fun.

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Sell it!

JORGE
OWNER OF SLAGERIJ LANGENDIJK
HOORN, NL

SUCCESS (sort of).

One plant was sold for 1.01 euros. See outcome for Claudia Slanar’s recommendation.

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Bring it all back to the HVC Inzameling Collection Center!

GERARD
MANAGER OF HOORN HVC INZAMELING CENTER
HOORN, NL

SUCCESS.

We hauled off about 95% of the installation to the HVC Inzameling Collection Center to be recycled. No, we did not leave everything in front of the facility. We rented a van that we had to return at 7am, an hour before HVC opened. So we unloaded in front of the center (with the generous permission of Gerard), and then proceeded to bring in all of the materials into the center and parsing it out accordingly. We did not have time or energy to take pictures of this task. Suffice to say, it was epic.

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ANH TUAN, ANNABETH, EBRU, MIKE, SARA, THOMAS, VERONIQUE
RICHARD BEHARRY’S CLASS 2S AT COPERNICUS, MIDDLE SCHOOL VISIONARIES
HOORN, NL

MOSTLY FAIL.

Terrarium materials were loaded into a container made from the exhibition. However, neither these nor any other Terrarium items were hauled away to the recycling center via bicycle. Instead, a rental van was used. See statement on recommendation collectively authored by Cherelle, Denie, Devin, Kaj, Liam, Sabine, and Sade. Attempts were made to give away the fish for free, but none were taken much to the disappointment of a number of children. Instead, all Terrarium fish were returned to the pet store.

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Make a fire with the materials that can be burned!

NICE WOMAN WITH SHORT RED HAIR
BOOKSTORE PATRON
HOORN, NL

SUCCESS (sort of).

Burned just a little bit of the installation to symbolically carry-out this recommendation.

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One night in Amsterdam, Kristy took Richard, Morgan, Jack and me to her boat. We hung out and got high, and I asked Kristy if she ever went solo cruisin – as I figured this would be the ultimate boat owner experience. She said she could not actually solo cruise because the front of her boat sticks up really high when she drives so she needs someone in front to way it down and watch out. She said a bench could help! A bench that served as a middle seat so she could seat a bit more forward as she drove. We told her about FAIR, and this is the proposal that she sent:

Boat Bench proposal:

I have recently reclaimed a sunken, abandoned boat from the canals of Amsterdam. I’ve spent the past month attempting to fix it up and make it usable. I propose some of the scrap wood from the Reclamation project be used to build a storage container that will sit on the floor of the boat and also act as a boat seat. The storage container should be 15 inches in height and width and 24 inches long. It should have a way to lock it closed for storage as well as a way to lock it to the boat. This could be the same mechanism. It should be strong enough for a person to sit on.

In creating the boat container / bench, materials from the reclamation project will be used in a very practical way and not simply tossed away.

DREW DENNY + KRISTY FENTON AKA MODERN WITCH
ARTIST, MUSICIAN, PERFORMER, ETC. + MUSICIAN
LOS ANGELES, USA + AMSTERDAM, NL

SUCCESS.

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Be creative with children and make a house out of the materials. Otherwise I don’t know, I have to think about it.

TONYA
EMPLOYEE OF VISHDANEL BEENTJES
HOORN, NL

SUCCESS.

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Put some materials on your back. Carry materials in each hand, maybe in bags, and make some noise with it. Lots of noise! Walk through the streets with the materials and make lots of noise!

HANS
EMPLOYEE OF VISHDANEL BEENTJES
HOORN, NL

DISPUTABLE.

Materials were not put on backs nor was there a noisy walk through the streets with Terrarium materials. However, lots of noise was made with materials within the exhibition space. Also see outcomes for Carlo Martinez and Gerrit’s recommendations.

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Set up a barter system, an exchange—a fair trade–so people give you something and you give them something in return, preferably something you both want to get rid of.

SADE
EMPLOYEE OF HOOGLAND VIS
HOORN, NL

SUCCESS.

A plant was “bartered” for 1.01 euros. Some may consider the receipt of currency in exchange for an item not a proper barter. However, if the purpose is the exchange of “somethings” in which both parties agree to being a fair trade, then it was a success. Likewise, the currency received was still as much of a three-dimensional “something” as a plant. In addition, many items were given for free; visitors were invited to take pieces of the installation home with them. In this way, all parties would agree that a fair trade was also enacted; visitors received items they thought valuable and in exchange, Reclamation received help in dismantling the installation in a sustainable manner. See outcomes for recommendations authored by Claudia Slanar and Jorge.

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Bring the materials to a recycling center where you separate the materials in clearly marked containers.

BARBARA
ARTIST
LONDON, UK

SUCCESS.

See response to recommendation by Gerard of HVC Inzameling.

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Contact area schools and ask if they want any of the materials from the installation. Donate supplies from the installation to them, and in turn the students can make work with the materials.

LOVELY WOMAN IN A PURPLE SWEATER
SUNDAY VISITOR OF HMK {HOTEL MARIAKAPEL}
LONDON, UK

DISPUTABLE.

Area schools were not contacted and asked if they wanted any of the materials from the installation. However, area schools were contacted during the residency to participate in developing recommendations for FAIR disassembling and discarding of materials. Area school students also came for sustainability workshops. In addition, FAIR visitors were invited and encouraged to take items from the installation. See the outcome for the recommendation authored by Brian, Daisy, Daniel, Jeffrey, Joelle, and Maxime of Richard Beharry’s Class 2S at Copernicus.

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I don’t know. I really need to think about it.

FRIEND FROM THE HOORN ART FILMHOUSE
FILM MAKER + AFICIONADO
HOORN, NL

FAIR ENOUGH.

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