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Monthly blog archive March, 2012
Listening in with Tate à Tate

Listening in with Tate à Tate

Dr Andrew Filmer, Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at Aberystwyth University reports back on his experience with the Tate à Tate audio tour. What I love about audio tours – such as Lavinia Greenlaw’s recent Audio Obscura, or Platform’s And While London Burns – is the way they help me sidestep the sensory overload...
Keeping on: sustainable art-activism

Keeping on: sustainable art-activism

What enables artists and activists to keep on making work that challenges the status quo? How can we sustain ourselves, our imaginations, and our communities while keeping on speaking truth to power? On 14 March 2012, I wrote this to some people I have been working with recently: "I'm giving a presentation called "Keeping on: sustainable...
11,000 Nigerians sue Shell in London courts

11,000 Nigerians sue Shell in London courts

From Leigh Day & Co: Six months after Shell admitted liability following two massive oil spills in the Niger Delta, law firm Leigh Day & Co are serving formal legal proceedings tomorrow (Friday 23 March 2012) on the oil giant in the High Court in London for compensation on behalf of over 11,000 Nigerians after...
Shell to pay $25m to Nigerian communities over oil spill

Shell to pay $25m to Nigerian communities over oil spill

From UPI.com: Shell Petroleum Development Co. was ordered by a Nigerian court to pay more than $25 million to five communities in Imo state for a 1997 oil spill. The communities sued Shell for compensation for immediate direct losses to their means of livelihood caused by the oil spill, The Guardian in Oshodi, Nigeria, reported Tuesday....
Tate Soundscape Hijacked by Artists

Tate Soundscape Hijacked by Artists

BP’s environmental record is appalling yet many people are prepared to turn a blind eye to the fact that Tate is in bed with BP, one of the “ten worst corporations’’ based on its environmental and human rights record. A new series of artworks questioning Tate’s relationship with BP has been commissioned by three activist...
Social Licence: Complicity in the Age of Extraction

Social Licence: Complicity in the Age of Extraction

At first glance, there might not seem to be an obvious common ground between indigenous activists in Canada, performance artists in the UK and climate activists in both countries. However, the international controversy over Canada’s tar sands industry in northern Alberta has galvanised individuals from all these communities into new cooperative relationships opposing the developments....
IRIN news: Gas flares still a burning issue in the Niger Delta

IRIN news: Gas flares still a burning issue in the Niger Delta

The UN’s humanitarian news network, IRIN has reported on the ongoing health crisis caused by gas flaring in the Niger Delta. The burning off of gas that comes mixed with crude oil is harmful, illegal in Nigeria and has been found to violate human rights. Approximately $2.5 billion of gas is wasted each year, whilst less...
'Tate à Tate' Launch Party 23.3.12

‘Tate à Tate’ Launch Party 23.3.12

Tate à Tate, the audio tour is ready to launch – on Thursday 22 March it will be available to download for free. On Friday 23 March, Platform, Liberate Tate and Art Not Oil invite you to come and celebrate the audio unveiling of this participatory piece of interventionist sound art.
Join Platform's Reading Group on ethics, business sponsorship, and making art

Join Platform’s Reading Group on ethics, business sponsorship, and making art

“Take the money and run? Some positions on ethics, business sponsorship and making art”  Tuesdays 15 & 29 May; 12 & 26 June, 2012; 6.30 – 8.30pm; London. Booking essential. As part of our work critiquing corporate sponsorship of the arts, we have set up this Reading Group, and you’re invited! The sessions will be based on...