Two events in Manchester to launch The Oil Road: 

 27th November 2012, 7.30pm – Film screening of  Manufactured Landscapes, organised by Manchester Film Co-op with discussion and readings from The Oil Road.

Eye-opening documentary following Ed Burtynsky’s photographic journey through the epic industrial landscapes of China & beyond, exploring “the aesthetic, social and spiritual dimensions of industrialisation and globalisation.” Burtynsky’s own phrase, Manufactured Landscapes parallels the 2003 internationally-acclaimed book of the same name, a retrospective of his unsparing examination of how 200 years of industrialization has reshaped our natural world on an epic scale.  His intention is to capture on camera our moment in the great ages of man; from stone to oil to silicon. To render the invisible visible he captures subjects that are rich in detail and vast in scale. “Recycling yards, quarries and refineries are all places that are outside of our normal experience, yet we partake of their output on a daily basis.”

Whereas Burtynsky’s photographs reveal human beings dwarfed by the massive industrialised landscapes that surround them, Baichwal records the sound and motion of workers subjected to the repetitive strain and monotony of assembling small components within huge manufacturing processes, unveiling the interconnectedness of tiny, medium-sized, large and global. Images of imported post-consumer waste only serve to remind the Western consumer that it is our lifestyle that is fuelling this Chinese “economic miracle”.

£3 waged/£2 student or unwaged. For more info visit the MFC website: 

28th November 2012, 6-8pm – An evening of performance, music, discussion and food organised by Virtual Migrants. Free but booking strongly advised at

The new book from Platform, The Oil Road, quotes BP (the fourth largest company in the world) describing their operations as “safe, silent & unseen”, but we need both to “see” and to “hear” at whose expense are their billions of dollars of annual profits.  This event by Virtual Migrants in partnership with Platform will explore the themes of the book using discussion and creativity, and among other things will ask, “How does the sanitisation of difficult, violent processes and imperialist histories inform the fight for climate justice today?”

Virtual Migrants present the latest in the ‘Passenger’ series of events: a combination of live performance of music and spoken word, plus a panel discussion, responding to Platform’s new book The Oil Road – A Journey from the Caspian to the City.

The panel-led discussion will involve the book’s author James Marriott, Platform’s Anna Galkina, Jaya Graves from Southern Voices, Deyika Nzeribe from Hulme Green Party, Marc Hudson from Steady State Manchester, Arwa Aburawa from Manchester Climate Monthly, and chaired by Kooj Chuhan.

The performance will involve Virtual Migrants’ artists Sai Murray (poetry/spoken word), Aidan Jolly (music), Tracey Zengeni (vocals), and Tanha Mehrzad (visual projection/poetry).

RSVP and invite friends to the facebook event here.

Both events will take place at:

International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Engine House
Chorlton Mill
3 Cambridge Street
M1 5BY

More details coming soon…