'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...
15th March - an evening with the Journal of  Aesthetics & Protest

15th March – an evening with the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest

One of the co-editors of the groundbreaking Journal of  Aesthetics & Protest is passing through town, and we're hosting him for an evening that will include a lecture/presentation and  production/performance (group-research) elements. When – Thursday 15th March, 18.30 – 20.30 Where – The Platform office, 7, Horselydown Lane, Tower Bridge, SE1 2LN
"The Oil Road" - in search of a subtitle

“The Oil Road” – in search of a subtitle

Platform has submitted a complete manuscript of “The Oil Road” to Verso; it’s gone to the copy-editors now and will be published in May (with a different cover!). But we’re still trying to pick a sub-title – do you have any suggestions? Here’s a blurb about the book, and we’ve copied some possible subtitles below....
Care about the climate? Move Your Money out of RBS/Natwest

Care about the climate? Move Your Money out of RBS/Natwest

Pinch and a punch, first day of the Move Your Money month! All over the country, people are cutting up their cash cards from the main big banks and shifting their cash to ethical banks, credit unions and building societies, as part of Move Your Money’s sustained campaign to get people to stop providing banks...
Hold Shell accountable for human rights abuses in Nigeria

Hold Shell accountable for human rights abuses in Nigeria

A global coalition of NGOs, human rights monitors, academics and analysts have joined Platform in sending a letter to the Board members of Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Nigeria which holds Shell to account for its role in recent human rights abuses in Nigeria. Below is a short extract from the letter: Today the US...
Top 7 Resources for Kiobel v Shell @ #SCOTUS

Top 7 Resources for Kiobel v Shell @ #SCOTUS

Tomorrow the Supreme Court of the United States hears Kiobel v Shell, a case that alleges Shell aided and abetted human rights violations and crimes against humanity committed by the Nigerian military against the Ogoni people from 1992 onwards. The case has significance for the global movement for corporate accountability. The outcome in Kiobel will...
BP puts off trial, but the oil disaster is ongoing

BP puts off trial, but the oil disaster is ongoing

The BP disaster civil trial was due to start this morning in New Orleans. It has now been delayed until next Monday 5th March while BP continues to attempt to settle out of court with over 116,000 plaintiffs this week. The trial is different to the criminal charges also being readied against the company. If it goes...

Egyptian businessman admits personal motivation for gas deal with Spain / Eni

Businessman Hussein Salem – on the run from corruption charges in Egypt –  admitted his personal & political motivations in signing Egypt’s controversial gas export deals with Israel (via pipeline) and Spain (via Damietta LNG), in discussion with Egyptian journalist Mohamed Heikal: “Yes I made gas deals with Israel. We have a lot of gas...
Arts Council to embed sustainability into its funding

Arts Council to embed sustainability into its funding

Last week I gave a talk at the State of the Arts Conference in a parallel session on Artists & Our Future Environment. What was inspiring about that session, the one that followed in the afternoon, and the general discussion around the conference, was just how many people were talking about how the arts can,...

The Ugandan draft oil law: A search in vain for accountability and democratic oversight

Platform has released a new briefing analysing Uganda’s draft “Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill” The report – entitled “The Ugandan Upstream oil law: A search in vain for accountability and democratic oversight”, highlights the lack of parliamentary oversight, transparency, or consultation or involvement of affected communities in the proposed oil law. At the same...

Rules for Living – artists and climate change, by Andy Field at #sota12

This is the text from Andy Field’s talk last Tuesday afternoon at State of the Arts, in the ‘Artists and the Future Environment’ panel. 1. My friend Kieran Whilst we are all here in Salford, my friend Kieran is on a train from Glasgow to Lisbon. Or more accurately Kieran is on one of several...