An influential group of artists recently published the following statement in the Neue Westfalische newspaper in Germany. Thanks to PLD Magazine for translating this and sending it to me.
Painter Georg Baselitz, designer Ingo Maurer and around 100 other renowned artists, designers and architects continue to demand that the EU Parliament decision to phase out the incandescent lamp be revoked. Baselitz claims that he and his colleagues from the world of art and design do not want to have to forfeit being able to choose exactly what light they can use, or how their works of art are illuminated, saying that the incandescent lamp is a key part of the overall lighting culture. And he adds that halogen lamps are indispensable when it comes to the illumination of art, architectural spaces, stages and facades.
Since people have started using so-called energy-saving lamps, the consumption of energy in private households has risen, as experts predicted. According to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: “When the heat dissipated by conventional incandescent lamps is reduced, the missing warmth is compensated for by the central heating system”. The savings effect is thus zero – the money saved on lighting is spent on increased heating costs.
On 22. April, 2010 the artistic activists from German-speaking Europe filed a petition with the European Commission in Brussels: “We artists, exhibition designers, museum curators, architects and designers cannot accept the EU phasing out the incandescent lamp”.
We demand the decision to phase out the incandescent lamp be revoked:
Volker Albus, Georg Baselitz, Hilla Becher, Stephan Berg, Daniel Birnbaum, Christian Boros, Marc Brandenburg, Arno Brandlhuber, Mark Braun, Joachim Brohm, André Buchmann, Daniel Buren, Anthony d’Offay, Thomas Demand, Marie-Theres Deutsch, Jörg Ebers, Clemens Fahnemann, Harald Falckenberg, Yvonne Fehling und Jennie Peiz, Thomas Florschuetz, Ceal Floyer, Hubertus Gaßner, Ingvild Goetz, Bärbel Grässlin, Thomas Grässlin, Durs Grünbein, Andreas Gursky, Nanette Hagstotz, Mathias Hahn, Jitka Hanzlová, Harald Hauswald, Eberhard Havekost, Wulf Herzogenrath, Julian Heynen, Candida Höfer, Carsten Höller, Klaus Honnef, Janneke de Vries, Gregor Jansen, Ann Veronica Janssens, Daniel Josefsohn, Johannes Kahrs, Astrid Klein, Barbara Klemm, Hans Kollhoff, Karola Kraus, Mateo Kries, Mischa Kuball, Daniel Lergon, Veit Loers, Philomene Magers, Ingo Maurer, Andreas Mühe, Heike Munder, Carsten Nicolai, Jennie Peiz, Susanne Pfeffer, Tobias Rehberger, Anselm Reyle, Bernhart Schwenk, Werner Spies, Monika Sprüth, Urs Stahel, Julia Stoschek, Katja Strunz, Thomas Struth, Hadi Teherani, Matteo Thun, Rosemarie Trockel, Philipp von Matt, Michael Werner, Thomas Weski, Robert Wilson, Rein Wolfs, Beat Wyss, Felix Zdenek, Ralf Ziervogel, Michael Zimmermann, Armin Zweite
Source: Neue Westfälische newspaper