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How fossil-fueled is your university? Take part in our research!

How fossil-fueled is your university? Take part in our research!

Many UK universities support the fossil fuel industry both directly and indirectly through their research, their endowments and investments and their partnerships with companies like BP and Shell. We are campaigning to expose and sever these links – and we are asking for your help! People & Planet and Platform are trying to collect as...

Oil City begins

Oil City’s first performances took place today, the start of its two week run. We don’t want to give too much away about this new work by Platform, but let’s just say this spy thriller is bringing out the spook in us all! Part of Artsadmin’s Two Degrees festival, Oil City is a piece of...
The battle of definitions: ‘no subsidies for the oil industry’

The battle of definitions: ‘no subsidies for the oil industry’

The oil and gas industry enjoys no subsidy from government, nor are we asking for any. – said last week by Oil&Gas UK CEO Malcolm Webb at the Oil Politics conference at Aberdeen University (I should mention that there were several more substantial conversations at this conference that I will take a little time to write...
Liberate Tate perform BP trial all week in Tate Modern - #AllRise

Liberate Tate perform BP trial all week in Tate Modern – #AllRise

Visitors to London’s iconic Tate Modern gallery this week might be a bit bemused to glimpse figures with strange filming devices strapped on to their bodies and wandering about muttering to themselves. It’s the latest performance from art-interventionists Liberate Tate, who are performing the BP trial over the course of the week in Tate Modern,...
"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...
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...
The Work of Art in Critical Times - Open Day Symposium at Falmouth University, 8-9 March 2013

The Work of Art in Critical Times – Open Day Symposium at Falmouth University, 8-9 March 2013

Platform will be participating in a symposium at Falmouth University on The Work of Art in Critical Times. Held at the Falmouth campus on 8-9th March, the symposium will explore questions such as ‘how can the work of artists and curators be effective in critical times?’, ‘what are the various cultural, political and environmental values...
Osborne's tax breaks for North Sea oil and a Thatcherism flashback

Osborne’s tax breaks for North Sea oil and a Thatcherism flashback

Back in the 70s, the UK and Norway took two very different approaches to the roughly equal share of North Sea oil and gas that they had within their territorial waters. With state-owned oil company Statoil at the helm, Norway cautiously put aside profits and levies from other oil companies operating within its fields into...
The price of gas: imports, repression and fuel poverty

The price of gas: imports, repression and fuel poverty

In a deplorable attack on the right to protest energy giant EDF is attempting to sue 21 activists for £5mn in a civil action. The No Dash for Gas campaigners occupied West Burton gas power station for 7 days by scaling two of the three 91m high cooling towers, brave people. They are going to...
Oil company mega-profits and the dwindling public purse

Oil company mega-profits and the dwindling public purse

Yesterday, The Observer ran a story about George Osborne promising to crack down on multinationals avoiding tax in some of the world’s poorest countries. Anger over corporate tax avoidance at a time of massive cuts 
to public spending has placed the issue on the political agenda, especially since widespread popular protest sparked by UK Uncut. The money...
The true story behind Channel 4's 'Secret State' - RBS's dirty deals

The true story behind Channel 4’s ‘Secret State’ – RBS’s dirty deals

Sometimes Platform is really late off the mark, but luckily a friend in Liverpool gave us a nudge.  Thanks Lena. WARNING – this blog post contains spoilers. Channel 4’s recent 4-part political thriller ‘Secret State’ has an oil and finance storyline, elements of which uncannily mirror some of Platform’s current and recent campaigns. The plot...