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The Living Memorial: an update from Remember Saro-Wiwa

Sept/Oct 2008 – SABLE literary magazine – Ben Amunwa – The Living Memorial: an update from Remember Saro-Wiwa – feature article on Remember Saro-Wiwa Text & pdf to follow.

“Somewhere as Yet Undiscovered”: Thoughts on Power, Desk Killing and Resistance

Article by Dan Gretton in Vertigo: Volume 3, Issue 9; Summer 2008 ‘Reich Secret Business: Berlin, 5th June 1942 Modifications to special vehicles now in service at Kulmhof (Chelmno) and  for those now being built Since December 1941, 97,000 have been processed by the 3 vehicles in service with no major incidents. However, in the...

Remember Saro-Wiwa, in ‘Land, Art – A Cultural Ecology Handbook’

In Land, Art, A Cultural Ecology Handbook, Ed. Max Andrews, RSA, Arts Council England, 2006 The Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed together with eight Ogoni colleagues by the Nigerian military on 10th November 1995 for his effective campaigning against the consistent despoilation of the oil-rich lands of the Niger Delta by oil...

The End of the Empire of Gog & Magog

Presentation at `Desire Lines` conference on Arts & Ecology, Dartington College, Totnes, Devon. Saturday 10th September 2005. James Marriott. THE END OF THE EMPIRE OF GOG & MAGOG (Slide showing on screen at start : Robin Territories at Dartington 1935 – 1945) First of may I say thank you to Alan (Bolden), Lara (Riley) and...

“The Body Politic”: reflections on a pilot course

Chapter for New Practices/New Pedagogies, emerging contexts, practices and pedagogies in art in Europe and North America, Ed. Malcolm Miles, Swets and Zeitlinger (ND) “It’s serious – it’s art, it’s politics, it’s economics, it’s everything, and art in that instance becomes so meaningful.” Ken Saro Wiwa 1 Since 1983, artist-led London-based group PLATFORM has been working...

Remember Saro-Wiwa: Short Film – Refining Memory

‘Reflective, compassionate and creatively invigorating’ Time Out, Critic’s Choice. As part of the Living Memorial project, we commissioned a short film from artist filmmakers Judy Price and Andrew Conio to serve as an ‘exhibition’ of the five short listed proposals for the Living Memorial. The film is called Refining Memory. Refining Memory was premiered at the Museum...

Remember Saro-Wiwa: The Living Memorial Concept

“Artists should be at the centre of society keeping alive a utopian vision, because society will not improve if the people envisioning a better society are politicians.” Peter Sellars The role of the artist in society is critical to communicate the injustices experienced daily by people. Art provides political expression beyond rhetoric, propaganda, and action,...

Art, Education, Activism

Presented at "Artist as Educator", Ikon Gallery and University of Central England, May 2003 as part of Arts Council England's "Interrupt" Symposia. Republished: a-n Collections April 2007. “The process of social change is in desperate need of creativity and imagination, and the aesthetic process in urgent need of social engagement” (from Course Document for the MA...

The Snowflake in Hell and the Baked Alaska: Improbability, Intimacy and Change in the Public Realm

In Locality, Regeneration and Divers[c]ities, Eds Sarah Bennett and John Butler, Intellect Books, University of Plymouth In 1993, on the very outskirts of Budapest, Hungary,  the ‘Statue Park Museum’ opened. It was born out of the idea of a literary historian who, four years earlier, had proposed that “all the various Lenin statues from all over...