Opportunity – 3 day workshop with Platform and Live Art Development Agency

18 Jun 2012 admin

Art-Oil-Numbers-Bodies-Love: Live Art Workshop on the Problems of the Oil Economy and Oil Sponsorship of the Arts with Nicole Garneau 

August 9-12, 2012

Application deadline: July 9

Art-Oil-Numbers-Bodies-Love is a 3-day intensive workshop in which participants will be encouraged to try different strategies for producing small solo and collaborative live art gestures or mini-performances on the subject of oil economies and oil sponsorship of art and culture.


Art-Oil-Numbers-Bodies-Love is geared toward artists that might be interested in the issue of problematic oil economies and their relationships to institutions of art and culture, but have not yet explored the issue fully.

This workshop will take a “beginners” approach toward the topic because people are often intimidated when they feel they don’t know enough about a political issue to participate in discussions. Artists who are familiar with the issues but are curious about creating active responses are also welcome.

The workshop will begin on Thursday evening with an overview of the problems of oil industry sponsorship of the arts. On Friday and Saturday, we will focus on methodologies for exploring complex political issues through live art. Artists will practice these strategies in a hands-on workshop setting and will have the opportunity to share their explorations with other artists and receive feedback on their work. The weekend will culminate on Sunday afternoon with an informal showcase of material developed in the workshop, followed by a potluck meal.

The workshop will make connections to artists currently creating work that deals explicitly with the (ongoing) crisis in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the BP oil spill and participants will have the opportunity to be in creative conversation/virtual collaboration with artists who are literally breathing the air and touching the water still polluted with BP oil.


Dates: August 9-12, 2012

Thursday August 9: 7-9pm

Friday August 10: 10am-4pm

Saturday August 11: 11am-5pm

Sunday August 12: 11am-5pm

Location Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Chisenhale Dance Space 64-84 Chisenhale Road, London, E3 5QZ

Location Thursday evening: Offices of Platform London: 7 Horselydown Lane, London SE1 2LN


Application procedure:

Applicants should write an email describing why they are interested in this workshop and what they hope to gain from it at this particular point in time, and indicate why you are interested in the issue of oil sponsorship of the arts. Please include a description of your work and a short biography or CV or link to your website.  Email this information to: [email protected] with a copy to [email protected].  Application deadline: July 9

Nicole Garneau is an interdisciplinary artist making site-specific performance and project art that is directly political, critically conscious, and community building. Her current projects are UPRISING—5 years of monthly outdoor performances exploring practices of revolution, and EVIDENCE—color postcards documenting the work for subscribers. In 2012, Nicole is touring the 5th and final year of the UPRISING project and has been living in Denmark as part of the Living Copenhagen Artist Residency. She also teaches Cultural Studies at the university level, runs workshops with children and adults, makes ceremonies, and does healing work. Her work is documented at


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