"Gaz de schiste - c'est fasciste!" - Don't Frack Algeria

“Gaz de schiste – c’est fasciste!” – Don’t Frack Algeria

On Monday Algerian activists in London protested against fracking plans, as Minister of Energy and Mines Youcef Yousfi was presenting to the Algeria British Business Council. The chants of “Gaz de schiste! C’est fasciste!” and “No Fracking Way!” could be heard clearly inside the hall, provoking giggling. As the Minister paused, the refrain of “Youcef...
Excerpts from Take The Money and Run? New guide on arts, ethics and sponsorship

Excerpts from Take The Money and Run? New guide on arts, ethics and sponsorship

This week, together with Live Art Development Agency, we are launching a beautiful print and e-version of the Agency’s Study Room Guide ‘Take the money and run? Some positions on ethics, business sponsorship and making art’. The Guide was commissioned by the Agency from Platform, and I took up the interesting task of choosing and...
Tullow Oil's Sunderland AFC sponsorship ends amid controversy

Tullow Oil’s Sunderland AFC sponsorship ends amid controversy

Last year we raised some concerns about a new sponsorship deal between Tullow Oil and Sunderland football club, aka Sunderland AFC. Only it wasn’t actually Tullow that was doing the sponsoring, it was a strange body called Invest In Africa, that was all about promoting Africa (homogenous and undifferentiated continent that it is) as a...
Quizoola! What I hope Forced Entertainment will ask at Barbican

Quizoola! What I hope Forced Entertainment will ask at Barbican

Renowned and celebrated theatre and performance group Forced Entertainment are doing a marathon of their latest show Quizoola! at the Barbican this weekend. There’s potential free entry for early birds in the quiet hours of 6am to midday, in the 24 hour non stop performance that goes from midnight on Friday till the clock strikes 12 again...
Shell and Gazprom sign more documents on Arctic tie-up

Shell and Gazprom sign more documents on Arctic tie-up

Gazprom and Shell signed a new agreement today, under the eyes of Vladimir Putin on his trade mission to Europe. The agreement has been in discussion for a few years; at one point a BP-and-Rosneft style share swap was discussed, but the two companies appear to have settled for a Joint Venture. Together they’ll extract...
Hassan Jumaa Awad: Working class hero facing jail for oil union organizing

Hassan Jumaa Awad: Working class hero facing jail for oil union organizing

Hassan Jumaa, leader of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions is facing a potential jail sentence when he faces a Basra court on Sunday 14th of April for ‘Overstepping the Duties of a Public Official’. His ‘crime’ is organising protests and building union strength in opposition to oil privatisation and also for standing up to...

Final call for proposals: artist-led funded projects with Platform & LADA

This Monday is the deadline for DIY 10 proposals. Get yours in now! DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists. Platform’s call is for “Live Art, performance as protest and the online element.” Platform invites proposals that look at performance...
Asking all the right questions? Tate à Tate Audio Tour

Asking all the right questions? Tate à Tate Audio Tour

Last Tuesday, a group of 14 students from Middlesex University’s BA Fine Art course visited Tate Modern to do the Tate à Tate alternative audio tour. The group are studying on the module ‘Art and the Community’ with Loraine Leeson and Alberto Duman, and were booked in to come to Platform’s space afterwards for a...
Egypt bails Jordan out with gas worth $2bn - despite own energy & financial crisis

Egypt bails Jordan out with gas worth $2bn – despite own energy & financial crisis

Middle East Monitor reported that The Egyptian Ambassador to Jordan, Khaled Tharwat, has denied media reports which claim that Egypt intends to reduce the amount of natural gas exported to Jordan prior to cutting off the supply completely by June. In a press statement published by official Jordanian media outlets, Ambassador Tharwat said, “There is...
Rewriting the future: Achebe, literature, and activism

Rewriting the future: Achebe, literature, and activism

  Nigerian write Chinua Achebe died last Thursday at the age of 83. He is a key figure in world literature and a writer who along with others utterly changed the way cultures pre- and post-imperialism – and pre-missionary – imagined representing themselves. In so doing, he bolstered the challenge to western and white supremacist...
Dealing with icky meetings where males largely talk to the other males present

Dealing with icky meetings where males largely talk to the other males present

The other week I went to a meeting in another organisation with a female colleague. We had arranged to chat with two other men, and over the course of the meeting, I was becoming more and more aware that the largest flow of the conversation seemed to be directed at me, even to the point...
Volunteer quits Bergen International Festival over Statoil sponsorship

Volunteer quits Bergen International Festival over Statoil sponsorship

Controversies around oil sponsorship of the arts aren’t confined to the UK. This is a translation of an article by Ragnhild Freng Dale printed in Bergens Tidende on March 1st, which you can find online here in its original Norwegian. The Bergen International Festival, an annual festival of arts and contemporary music in Bergen, released their...