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Would be just that bit better without the canned laughter…



The intelligent man, when he dies, leaves no possessions. If he has collected worthless objects, it is embarassing to have them discovered. If the objects are of good quality, they will depress his heirs at the thought of how attached he must have been to them. It is all the more deplorable if the possessions are ornate and numerous. If a man leaves possessions, there are sure to be people who will quarrel disgracefully over them, crying “I’m getting that one!” If you wish something to go to someone after you are dead, you should give it to him while you are still alive. Some things are probably indespensible to daily life, but as for the rest, it is best not to own anything at all.”


131 Years of Global Warming in 26 Seconds

Go to http://www.climatecentral.org/blogs/131-years-of-global-warming-in-26-seconds/ to see 131 Years of Global Warming in 26 Seconds

The data comes from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, which monitors global surface temperatures. As NASA notes, “in this animation, reds indicate temperatures higher than the average during a baseline period of 1951-1980, while blues indicate lower temperatures than the baseline average.”

Zombie Environmentalism

Zombie environmentalism. Phrase. /’zombi In|vaIren’ment(a)lIz(e)m/ A trend in early 21st century relations with the natural world. It can be divided into three different aspects.

1. The behaviour of individuals or groups in society which is willingly or unconsciously uncaring of the natural world and the consequences of individual or collective behaviours. The conduct of politicians and policymakers ignoring what is coming straight for them. The man down the road who uses a leaf blower to clean his garden and footpath and blows it into the gutter: not my property, not my problem.*

2. Our apparent attraction to the dark side — polluted conditions make for sexy art. The ruin, the wasteland, the beauty in ugliness (as long as you don’t have to live there). The gothic love of civilisation’s decline. The embracing of despair and the worship of antiheroes. Loving the alternative-depressing nature of it all. The tension between aetheticising wastelands and taking the environmental impacts seriously. Aestheticising wastelands can lead to better personal identification with wastelands (as opposed to only caring about pristine wilderness areas) but is this ever translated into changed actions (by humans)?

3. A certain tendency in some environmentalists that since disaster has come, it’s time to build your survival shelter and batten down the hatches. Throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

See also Environmental procrastination.

* He lives next to a stormwater drain that regularly floods the street because it gets blocked with leaves. This stormwater then goes straight down into the Swan River.

Shy (dissolution + exchange) Exchange 3

Exchange 3

Val Shaw produced an intricate response to the project on her envelope (this one was sent to Perdy and will be in the Yonder show). Decorating your envelope is optional way to personalise your exchange with the next person on the list (and with the project in general, via aestheticising the envelope that goes back to Perdy). The shy albatross is now heading down south to the suburbs of Bunbury.

an attempt to digitally send pelicans from Australia to Montevideo

an attempt to digitally send pelicans from Australia to Montevideo

With kind permission of Miriam Salomon, this is of an attempt to digitally send pelicans from Australia to Montevideo, the city where she was born.

Shy (dissolution + exchange) — needed 25 more participants!


Wanted: 25 extra people in the southern hemisphere for a photocopy/mail art project called Shy (dissolution + exchange). This is a project that I had in proposal form a few years ago (kinda this one http://www.perditaphillips.com/proposition-2-dissolution-of-the-southern-skies-2) for the exhibition called Melbourne 2010: How Can a Network….? . It’s now been revamped as I am negotiating to include it in a show at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts http://www.pica.org.au/ in September.

Participation involves photocopying a photocopy and posting two copies onwards westward around the Southern Hemisphere.

Anybody know anybody from South Africa/Angola/Botswana/Burundi/Comoros/Lesotho/Madagascar/Malawi/Mauritius/Mozambique/Namibia/Rwanda/Seychelles/South Africa/Swaziland/Tanzania/Zambia/Zimbabwe/East Timor/Australia/Fiji/Nauru/New Zealand/Papua New Guinea/Samoa/Solomon Islands/Tonga/Tuvalu/Vanuatu/Argentina/Bolivia/Chile/Paraguay/Peru/Uruguay or southern parts of Indonesia/Brazil/Ecuador who might be interested in participating?

CONTACT PERDY BY 30 MAY 2012 perdy@perditaphillips.com

Full Description of the project here

Finding your longitude

go to the bottom of the left hand bar of google maps and click on maps labs (right down near the copyright sign). Enable the LatLng Tool Tip and press save. Go back to the map and press the shift key and you will be able to get lat long by running the cursor over your house.

PS I am recreating my website at the moment and this post may die: if so, just google Shy (dissolution + exchange) again/contact me.

The Night Watchman, 2004 by Francis Alÿs

Unfortunately I can’t embed this video. I found it whilst searching for a video/dvd on Alÿs. http://www.artangel.org.uk//projects/2005/seven_walks/video_the_nightwatch/video_the_nightwatch

world migratory bird day 9 May


bird hand by Perdita Phillips 2011


tree death — mentions Lake Clifton but refers to deaths around the world

Climate change is here…


Something has changed too, for the Tuart trees. At Lake Clifton, south of Perth, their twisted skeletons rise through the peppermint groves. These ones died in the 1990s. In other areas, they are failing to fruit, and the species’ seed bank is drastically declining.

Prof Giles Hardy

Again, we don’t fully understand what’s driving these declines, but in some areas we’re losing a hundred per cent of the trees.


Despite many different ailments, there is one obvious common stressor that could explain why so many trees are dying. They are facing higher temperatures with less water. The south-west of Western Australia has lost fifteen per cent of its rainfall in the past few decades. Average temperatures have increased by just over half a degree Celsius. Heatwaves have become longer, more frequent, and more intense.

Prof Giles Hardy

We haven’t seen such scale of damage in the last fifty, sixty years, probably in recorded history.

Dr Craig Allen

What’s most alarming is that these die-off events may be just the tip of the iceberg. We know that warming, temperatures exacerbate tree mortality, and the climate predictions are that the world is going to get much warmer soon. Um, so we may be just at the very front edge of what could be wholesale mortality of the world’s forests – the forests that we know and care about today.