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Permis social : Complicité à l’ère de l’extraction

This article was first published in Le Journal des Alternatives. by Kevin Smith and Clayton Thomas Mueller À première vue, il ne semble pas y avoir un lien manifeste entre les activistes indigènes au Canada, la performance des artistes au Royaume-Uni et les activistes environnementaux dans ces deux pays. Cependant, la controverse internationale au sujet...
How John Browne, BP and the Old Boys Network keep the arts well-oiled

How John Browne, BP and the Old Boys Network keep the arts well-oiled

It’s 10.30am on a spectacularly sunny winter’s day and I’m in the Members’ Room at Tate Modern.  The room overlooks the Square Mile – London’s financial district – and the view symbolises the growing pressures on artists and arts organisations to seek funding from the private sector, specifically from business. Looking once again at the panel...

The Corporate Occupation of the Arts – Sat 14th of Jan

The Corporate Occupation of the Arts. -OccupyLSX / The Bank of Ideas Earl St. EC2A 2AL – Sat 14th Jan 2012.  2- 6pm We're taking part in this afternoon of presentations and discussions at the Bank of Ideas, an abandoned office block purchased several years ago by the bank UBS and squatted by Occupy LSX....

Culture Beyond Oil – Resonance FM radio show

A one hour radio show on oil sponsorship of the arts that was created by Mel Evans and Kevin Smith, broadcast on the 25th December 2011 on Resonance FM.
BP Portrait Award exhibitor speaks about BP

BP Portrait Award exhibitor speaks about BP

Raoul Martinez is a portrait artist who has twice been shortlisted as part of the prestigious BP Portrait Award. We hooked him up with a journalist for an upcoming article about the ongoing controversies around arts sponsorship, such as the news in the Guardian about Tate's review of BP sponsorship, and Alice Oswald withdrawing from...
Getting to Market: Emerging Investor Risks in the Tar Sands

Getting to Market: Emerging Investor Risks in the Tar Sands

The global oil price wavers around $100 a barrel as traders are split over whether Brent Crude is about to plummet due to the Eurozone disaster getting worse, or about the spike due to a renewed Middle East crisis. It is snowing in Fort McKay, in Nothern Alberta, and the temperature of -6 feels like...

British foreign policy and the ‘Arab Spring’: the transition to democracy

Evidence submitted by Platform to the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee: UK foreign policy on Libya focused excessively on improving relationships with the Gaddafi regime and promoting British business interests, at the expense of human rights and engaging with popular and oppositional opinion.
Oil Spill Art - Ruppe Koselleck on the Culture Beyond Oil launch

Oil Spill Art – Ruppe Koselleck on the Culture Beyond Oil launch

Last week, we launched our new publication Not if but when – Culture Beyond Oil, and German artist Ruppe Koselleck came over to help us personalise each and every one that we printed. Here’s his take on how it went. The experiment: 1000 crude oil drawings for 1000 copies to support the end of oil...

Tate Director Serota says decision on BP sponsorship soon

Pressure mounts on Trustees to reject extension of relationship with BP as more than 8,000 Tate Members and visitors sign open letter calling on the art museum to break links with oil company 5 December 2011 – For Immediate Release The decision about whether or not to renew an increasingly controversial sponsorship contract with oil...
Submission on Libya to the Foreign Affairs Committee enquiry: "British foreign policy and the 'Arab Spring': the transition to democracy"

Submission on Libya to the Foreign Affairs Committee enquiry: “British foreign policy and the ‘Arab Spring’: the transition to democracy”

Platform made a submission on Libya to the Foreign Affairs Committee enquiry, “British foreign policy and the ‘Arab Spring’: the transition to democracy” on 30 November 2011. AS 15 Written evidence from PLATFORM SUMMARY 1. UK foreign policy on Libya focused excessively on improving relationships with the Gaddafi regime and promoting British business interests, at the expense...
Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil

Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil

At a time of growing unease within and without the cultural sector about the involvement of oil companies with the nation’s most high profile galleries, Not if but when – Culture Beyond Oil brings together responses of artists and activists to the debate in a unique collaboration between artists, activists, researchers, theorists and critics. Download...

Canada’s Dirty and Dangerous Oil Sands

This article by Ben Amunwa first appeared in The Huffington Post on  19 October 2011. EthicalOil.org has a reputation for using just about anything to promote Canada's tar sands. The local mayor, Aboriginals and environmentalists have all been thrust into EthicalOil.org's narrative, some against their will. This Monday it was my turn to get 'tarred' as...