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Monthly blog archive October, 2012
The Oil Road - reviews, interviews and analysis

The Oil Road – reviews, interviews and analysis

 The Oil Road has been getting an incredible response from the press, blogs and activists alike. We’ve cobbled together a selection of the best quotes from reviews with links to  the full articles. “An elegantly written travel book…a distinctive blend of travelogue, reportage and history…will make you think the next time you fill the tank”...
Hobbling the 'dash for gas' - the West Burton occupation

Hobbling the ‘dash for gas’ – the West Burton occupation

A big, bombastic huzzah for the 20 climate activists that infiltrated and occupied West Burton Power Station this morning. This is the first of a new generation of some 20 gas fired plants that the government are planning on building, and represents a ‘line in the sand’ of climate change and energy policy much in...
A secret military subsidy - pirates and oil corps

A secret military subsidy – pirates and oil corps

New Internationalist featured a blog from Platform on our new briefing A Secret Subsidy: Oil companies, the Navy and the response to piracy. Here’s what we wrote: This week the Combating Piracy Conference has been taking place in London, behind closed doors. This industry-organised event brings together representatives from European Union, NATO and oil and...
BP partners with Rosneft, Russia's top polluter - some background

BP partners with Rosneft, Russia’s top polluter – some background

BP confirmed today that it’s swapping its 50% stake in TNK-BP (which provided about a quarter of the company’s global output) for cash and shares in Rosneft, the Russian state-controlled oil company, becoming a nearly 20% shareholder in it as a result. The two companies have been looking for ways to partner up to exploit...
Is it me or is he anti-BP? Check out the new Patrick Keiller @TateBritain

Is it me or is he anti-BP? Check out the new Patrick Keiller @TateBritain

Having followed the now numerous stunning images of performance interventions at Tate galleries in response to BP sponsorship, when I visited Patrick Keiller’s The Robinson Institute exhibition last week, I was drawn to the BP related content and the ways it resonated with the protests that have taken place in the same space. I recommend...
Bust-up between Aliyev and BP reveals corporate profiteering as Azeri oil peaks

Bust-up between Aliyev and BP reveals corporate profiteering as Azeri oil peaks

Azerbaijan’s President, Ilham Aliyev, gave a speech last week accusing oil company BP of “false promises” and “gross mistakes”. In a country where regime and corporation are closely intertwined – and almost symbiotic – what is going on behind the political theatre? Why the public outburst? Aliyev revealed that Azerbaijan had lost $8 billion in...
National Gallery ends arms money - what it means for oil & the arts

National Gallery ends arms money – what it means for oil & the arts

There was some wonderful news today as the National Gallery announced the end of its long-standing sponsorship arrangement with controversial weapons manufacturer Finmeccanica a year before the contract was due to run its course. Organisations like CAAT and Stop the Arms Fair have conducted an amazing campaign, using public pressure and creative interventions to make...
This is about oil sponsorship, not corporate sponsorship, of the arts

This is about oil sponsorship, not corporate sponsorship, of the arts

At the end of September, the merry band of Bard-based interventionists, the Reclaim Shakespeare Company struck again in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Shortly before the BP-sponsored performance of Twelfth Night was due to begin, three actors took to the stage to perform a short piece addressing the issue of the controversial sponsorship relationship, including lines such as: Alas,...
Kate Tempest, Matthew Herbert & BP Saturdays at Tate

Kate Tempest, Matthew Herbert & BP Saturdays at Tate

On Saturday, September 22nd, an exciting collaborative installation took place at Tate Britain, involving the innovative pioneers of immersive performance, Punchdrunk. However at least two of the artists who were taking part in the didn’t seem to be aware and comfortable with the fact that the event had the top line BP sponsorship attached to...