Amy Howden-Chapman

PublisherThe Distance Plan2015
“…And I was like—yes it is! Part of my broader project as an artist is thinking about how the term climate change can be redefined and expanded to enable people to understand its relevance. So climate change is redefined as an issue of inequality, or social justice, and also urban design and planning. So if I go by that broader definition, I don’t see why I should exclude those things here.” Amy Howden-Chapman in conversation with the Newspaper Reading Club, 2015

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The Distance Plan is a project founded by Abby Cunnane and Amy Howden-Chapman that brings together artists, writers and designers to promote discussion of climate change within the arts. The Distance Plan works through exhibitions, public forums and the Distance Plan Press which produces publications, including an annual journal.

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PublisherThe Distance Plan2013
The first issue of The Distance Plan journal outlines an idea: that distance is a useful metaphor for talking about climate change. It contains essays, an interview and artworks which speculate on the possibilities, and implications, of this image of distance. Published at a time when popular awareness of climate change – particularly in the context of the arts – was significantly underrepresented, this journal primarily sought to heighten visibility and stimulate discussion.

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PublisherThe Distance Plan2014
The Distance Plan, Journal Issue 2, 2014 ‘Seven Conversations,’ The Distance Plan Journal’s second issue, is intended as a place to record the shifts in dialogue and language related to art and climate change. The texts span a range of subjects; each includes someone involved in the arts: writers, curators, artists, teachers. Our hope is that by cataloguing our communities’ changing concerns when it comes to talking about climate change we can play the role of witnesses, help to sustain the momentum which already exists towards combating this problem, and motivate each other to move the discussion forward. These conversations ...

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PublisherThe Distance Plan2015
The Distance Plan, Journal Issue 3, 2015 ‘Climate and Precarity’, The Distance Plan Journal’s third issue, sets out to survey how migration, environmental crisis and climate activism are debated in relation to capitalism and its alternatives. Taking Judith Butler’s notion of precarity – the destruction of the conditions of liveability – as a starting point, the issue brings together texts and artist pages that speak about the relationship between ecological and economic precarity. A recurring question is how climate change is most effectively represented as an issue of social justice, and the role of artists and thinkers in developing a critical ...

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PublisherThe Distance Plan2016
This issue features artist pages by Louise Menzies and Michala Paludan, an essay by Lina Moe on the closure of New York’s L Line, and, through our ongoing Climate Change & Art: A Lexicon, surveys the language currently surrounding anthropogenic climate change. Through proposing neologisms and promoting less well-known terms, we wish to propel interdisciplinary discussion, and by extension accelerate the pace of action. Through this lexicon we propose that the science around climate change is developing so rapidly that we need new language to articulate its processes and effects. The lexicon is also based on the recognition that evolving science ...

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PublisherThe Distance Plan2019
What is the relation between charisma and information? How fast can a well-turned phrase move? How does it age? In this issue of The Distance Plan we consider how, occasionally, facts or argumentative claims float free from their point of origin to become hyper-portable and cross-disciplinary. We call these memorable, animated phrases “charismatic facts” and suggest they can be found at the intersection of flair and research, savvy and data, linguistic craft and political utility. Though charismatic facts may remain lightly tethered to, and therefore validated by, their authorial or institutional home, they are at the same time un-ordinary in ...

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