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No Condition is Permanent, 19 Poets on Climate Justice and Change

No Condition is Permanent, 19 Poets on Climate Justice and Change

No Condition is Permanent features writing and poetry specially selected and written for PLATFORM’s season C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture, which took place at Arnolfini, Bristol, October and November 2009. It takes its title from the packed night of performance and music which took place on November 7th in Arnolfini’s main gallery. C Words was a...
Voices that Shake

Voices that Shake

Over 5-days in August a group of young people gathered to develop creative responses to stories of social injustice and the struggles against them as part of the Shake! Arts, Media, Race & Power course. Inspired by the memories of Nigerian Writers and Activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa and in celebration of the life of Stephen Lawrence...

C Words: Disgust, Integrity, Solidarity

The text below is from a blog written in February 2010. It reflects on reactions to PLATFORM's 50-day live exhibition and season of over 70 events on art and activism at Arnolfini, Bristol, called "C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture". This took place in October and November 2009, in the context of the run-up to...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter: December 2009

Today, a court in the Hague will consider for the first time whether Royal Dutch Shell can be held liable for destroying the livelihoods of four villagers in the Niger Delta. View original. Among the plaintiffs is Chief Barizaa, an Ogoni elder, who spoke of how oil spills from a Shell pipeline devastated his land in 2005...
'Stopping the Bush Fire', Carbon footprint of Arnolfini's building

‘Stopping the Bush Fire’, Carbon footprint of Arnolfini’s building

This is audio from a guided tour of Bush House, the ex-warehouse which is owned by Arnolfini arts centre, Bristol. Stopping the Bush Fire examined Bush House's carbon footprint in every facet, from obvious areas like the source of its electricity, to its finance, and audience journeys. It was part of a day-long conference called "Embedded"...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter: October 2009

This November, we bring you a full selection of music, poetry, art and debate in London and Bristol. Please join us to celebrate the life of artist-activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and to mark 14 years since 10th November 1995, as the struggle for justice in the Niger Delta continues. View original. Upcoming Events NNEKA Live + support act...
C Words: "Not the usual"....

C Words: “Not the usual”….

What is PLATFORM doing in Arnolfini's programme? And why did Arnolfini invite PLATFORM? Over and over again during C Words, I'm hearing a combination of the words: "not the usual". It might be me, Jane from PLATFORM, saying "this is not the way we usually…", "not the place we usually…", "not the audiences we usually…"...

C Words: The Hubbub Begins

Saturday, 3rd October 2009 Arriving at Arnolfini early this morning, before the gallery opens ‘C Words’ to the public, a sense of eager anticipation hangs in the air. Some of the artists and gallery staff are involved in frantic last minute preparations while others patiently pace through the days rituals in quiet corners of the...
C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture

C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture

Newspaper-catalogue for Platform’s major exhibition and 50-day season of events at Arnolfini, Bristol, Oct/Nov 2009. Contains essays and schedule of events, workshops, courses, art-interventions, film screenings, courses and performances on issues of climate justice in the run-up to the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change – COP 15 – in Copenhagen. Download the C Words...

Remember Saro-Wiwa, in ‘Land, Art – A Cultural Ecology Handbook’

In Land, Art, A Cultural Ecology Handbook, Ed. Max Andrews, RSA, Arts Council England, 2006 The Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed together with eight Ogoni colleagues by the Nigerian military on 10th November 1995 for his effective campaigning against the consistent despoilation of the oil-rich lands of the Niger Delta by oil...

The End of the Empire of Gog & Magog

Presentation at `Desire Lines` conference on Arts & Ecology, Dartington College, Totnes, Devon. Saturday 10th September 2005. James Marriott. THE END OF THE EMPIRE OF GOG & MAGOG (Slide showing on screen at start : Robin Territories at Dartington 1935 – 1945) First of may I say thank you to Alan (Bolden), Lara (Riley) and...

“The Body Politic”: reflections on a pilot course

Chapter for New Practices/New Pedagogies, emerging contexts, practices and pedagogies in art in Europe and North America, Ed. Malcolm Miles, Swets and Zeitlinger (ND) “It’s serious – it’s art, it’s politics, it’s economics, it’s everything, and art in that instance becomes so meaningful.” Ken Saro Wiwa 1 Since 1983, artist-led London-based group PLATFORM has been working...