From Coal to Oil – Fossil Fuel Focus

21 Oct 2009 jane

Next week C Words will train a spotlight on Tar Sands, described as ‘The most destructive industrial project on earth’. Join us at Arnolfini this Sunday, 25th October 2009 from 19:00 for a special preview screening on the brand new film H2Oil.

I arrived at Arnolfini late on Wednesday morning, at the start of a week as C Words Co-Realizer. Gallery three has been transformed since my previous visit with the three main objects – which fill the gallery space – all exchanging places: the tent, the sailing-boat ‘Windrush’ and PLATFORM’s Agitpod mobile cinema.

In addition to the move-around, the far wall has been given over to a temporary exhibition depicting the Camp For Climate Action. Photographs of camp life, workshops, teach-ins, lock-ons and blockades are explained in the accompanying text which hangs as colourful banners. The Camp For Climate Action, now in its fourth year pitches alongside climate-criminals: outside Drax coal-fired power station, North Yorkshire (2006), close to Heathrow airport (2007), near the proposed new coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth in Kent (2008) and this summer at Blackheath in London.

Last week, climate campers took their autumn break highlighting another of the country’s fossil fuel dinosaurs: Ratcliffe-On-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire.

Read more about last week’s Climate Swoop.

The C Words/Climate Camp photo-exhibition in Gallery three at Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts, Bristol runs until Sunday 24th October 2009.

While the Great Climate Swoop highlighted the oxymoron of ‘Clean Coal’ next week PLATFORM and C Words shift the spotlight onto Tar Sands, ‘the most destructive industrial project on earth’. Join us at Arnolfini this Sunday, 25th October 2009 from 19:00 for a special preview screening on the brand new film H2Oil.

The film examines a new, hugely wasteful and hugely destructive source of oil in Canada and that focus continues next Tuesday, 27th October 2009 with a performance-storytelling event: BP 3rd Quarter 2009: This Petroleum Heat and on 13th November when first-nation Cree activists will be speaking at Arnolfini. Its a packed programme which saps my energy as a Co-Realizer but its inspiring to see that so much is going on in this city and at Arnolfini.

C Words Co-Realizer.

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