Slow Travel to Oslo: diary begins

Entries from Jane Trowell, Anna Galkina, and Rebecca Beinart on their separate Slow Travel journeys from England to Oslo for Gentle Actions in Kunstnernes Hus ANNA: [Anna Galkina is a researcher with PLATFORM on Arctic issues relating to oil & gas, environmental and human rights abuses.] 11.11.10 On the way into the Eurostar section of...

Slow Travel to Oslo: privilege, hope, or red herring

Slow Travel Enquiry for Gentle Actions, Oslo. Disclaimer: this blog is written by Jane and some views may not be shared by the whole of PLATFORM. When we got the invitation from curators Eva Bakkeslett and Anne Karin Jortveit to work on the Gentle Actions: Art, Ecology, Action project at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, it...

Opening Today “Scorch/Drench”, and strange not to be there

PLATFORM has created Scorch/Drench – an installation and a one week of films, discussions and workshops which inform and challenge our relationship to oil, at the invitation of curators of the season “Gentle Actions – Art, Ecology, Action” at Kunstnernes Hus Oslo, running 22.10.10 – 14.11.10. Anna and I aren’t travelling out there for a...

Last day of SHAKE! begins

9.40am at the Stephen Lawrence Centre and all is quiet, waiting for participants to arrive and the final day’s work to begin. Yesterday 6 of them had to go to their schools and colleges to receive their A or AS level results. Quite a heavy experience, and I really felt for them, especially with the...

SHAKE! another view

My name is Ed, and I teach about politics, religion and philosophy, and one of the other things I do is volunteer at PLATFORM. For Most of the past few weeks I’ve been enjoying the privilege of summer holidays, but this week I’m participating in an experiment. It’s a course for young people called Shake!...

SHAKE! getting young people creative at The Stephen Lawrence Centre

My name is Ed, and I teach about politics, religion and philosophy, and one of the other things I do is volunteer at PLATFORM. For most of the past few weeks I’ve been enjoying the privilege of summer holidays, but this week I’m participating in an experiment. It’s a course for young people called SHAKE!. Conceived by...

SHAKE! our summer course on Arts, Media, Race & Power starts…

Monday 16th sees 14 participants aged between 16 and 25 meet with artists DJ Eric Soul, poets Zena Edwards and Simon Murray from African Writers Abroad, and Ana Tovey from Chocolate Films at the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford, for SHAKE! Ben Amunwa, Jane Trowell and Ed Lewis from PLATFORM are coordinating… http://remembersarowiwa.com/events-2/ This week-long...

Big Oil sponsorship map of London

Licence to Spill

To download Licence to Spill, a new release from Platform, visit http://www.carbonweb.org/showitem.asp?article=381&parent=39 Photo: Robin Bell Apart from catastrophic spills like the Deepwater Horizon, there are a whole host of adverse impacts that are associated with the production of oil. On the local level, it often involves extreme forms of pollution for local communities, while regionally oil...

Leaked invite reveals Tate’s ill-timed plans to celebrate BP sponsorship

Artists to protest Tate Britain Summer Party; Art/activist group Platform release briefing on oil sponsorship of the arts Embargo: 00.01 AM, Friday 25 June 2010 Tate is throwing a gala event in order to celebrate 20 years of BP sponsorship next week, a leaked invitation seen by campaign group Platform reveals [1]. The party comes...

Artists speak out against Tate taking Big Oil money

Photo: Robin Bell Dr Wallace Heim – writes on and researches art and ecology, social practice art Sponsorship is a catalysing word. It allows profit to change from the excess of money garnered from one activity into the buoyant support of another. Like bequest, inheritance, grant, it implies benevolence. It is also a cleansing word,...

Disgust, Integrity, Solidarity

Nearly three months have passed since C Words closed and I’ve been re-reading the blog entries, my and others’ copious notes and records, the heaps of rich and mostly positive feedback we’ve collected on paper, in emails, interviews on video, audio, and anecdotally. This compensates for the tiny art-critical response: one interesting and thoughtful review...