|What does it have to do with art?|
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Danish sculptor Jens Galschiot is the initiator of the project SevenMeters.net. Galschiot views art as non-verbal communication and often uses his art to create international happenings, which focus on the defence of a humanitarian view of humanity.
Usually he uses sculptures in his art manifestations, but this time he has chosen an installation of light, the simplicity of which should enable it to spread across the globe. Galschiot adds a few words to the project:
“In fact, this is not truly a campaign, traditionally speaking. The event should work as a catalyst for a sort of wave of feeling, which will sweep across the world. The project has much more in common with poetry than it has with actual political activism. It is a global story, which tells itself. One could say that we are starting a battle over the interpretation of reality. In meteorology and physics you work with the ‘butterfly-effect’, that says that the world is so complex and coherent, that if a butterfly flaps its wings in China, it may cause a storm in California. The project ‘Seven Meters’ could be that butterfly,” tells Jens Galschiot, and proceeds “I will challenge and test the boundaries for the structural options we’re facing with the communication of the era of globalisation.”
The project will, through its own dynamics, function as what Joseph Beuys called a ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ in which the distinction between the artist, the artwork and the viewer has become blurred. Everybody becomes part of the art event if they want it or not. By involving the land, that people live on, in this happening, the size of the catastrophe will stand clear for them. Many will support the campaign hanging up diode-lights in their local area. Others will try to ignore it, but the red insisting catastrophe-blinking will instigate a fear, about the land that will leave less and less space for the human being.