…an alternative to the usual festive items for those of a conscious disposition…
EXHALE artists DVD, audio-CD and booklets exploring asylum/refuge – box set on sale now!
OUT NOW! only £15.99 including free delivery [Read more…]
We have received the following call for creative contributions from Jennifer Heath and are posting it as an interesting and potentially worthwhile project (with the disclaimer that we know very little about the project):
Call for Photos and Artwork
Nowhere to Run: Climate Refugees
Contact: Jennifer Heath, Baksun Books & Arts for Social & Environmental Justice
baksunarts [at] aol.com
Nowhere to Run: Climate Refugees is seeking eye-witness accounts of the experiences of people forced to leave their homes and communities because of climate change and environmental degradation, whether from flood, drought, storm, rising sea levels, deforestation or agricultural uncertainty. Climate refugees, also called environmental migrants, are found worldwide in places of both privilege and poverty (ranging from New York to Bangladesh). There are said to be at least 50 million environmental refugees today and the United Nations predicts the number could grow to 120 million by 2050. [Read more…]
CONTINENT CHOP CHOP
austerity, refugees and climate destruction: a story told through music, poetry, transmedia and spoken word
With performances currently touring from October-December 2015 in Manchester, London, Liverpool, Huddersfield, Leeds and Leicester. Tour dates and tickets
Continent Chop Chop asks: What are the connections between climate change and poverty? How does the wider climate of austerity and scapegoating of migrants connect with climate change? And why should anyone care when they don’t have enough to eat?
A performance project by the Virtual Migrants collective.
Devised and led by Sai Murray (writer, performer), Aidan Jolly (musician, composer) and Maya Chowdhry (transmedia artist). Supporting artists: Tracey Zengeni (vocals, performer), Jaydev Mistry (musician, digital soundscapes), Kooj Chuhan (video artist), Mazaher Rafshajani (photography and video).
Directed by Amanda Huxtable.
Full details of Continent Chop Chop climate justice performance at: www.virtualmigrants.net/
Saturday 31st October, 7.30pm
Kirklees Media Centre, Huddersfield http://www.the-media-centre.
Saturday 7th November, 6 – 8pm
Highfields Centre, Leicester http://www.highfieldscentre.
Tuesday 10th November 6pm (excerpt as part of ‘Dance The Guns To Silence’)
Rich Mix, London http://www.richmix.org.uk/
Sunday 15th November, 3 – 5pm
The Lantern, Liverpool http://www.
Friday 20th November, 7.30pm
Seven Arts, Leeds http://www.sevenleeds.co.uk/
Thursday 3rd December, 6.30pm
Free Word Centre, London www.freewordcentre.com
Full details of the performances and online videos at www.virtualmigrants.net/
Information on our participatory workshops to be announced soon.
an exhibition by Virtual Migrants + performance / discussion events
on show at the Manchester Museum 10th October – 17th November 2013
migrant art – alternative connections – cultural boundaries
A rare exhibition of work by a new wave of visual artists whose experiences include life as refugees in the UK engaging with objects from The Manchester Museum
In Conversation with artists and curators plus live music from Emmanuela Yogolelo
Thursday 10th October, 6.00 – 8.30pm
FREE to attend, but please register at www.90degreecitizen.eventbrite.co.uk
Produced in partnership with Street Level Photoworks (Glasgow), Manchester Museum and GM Immigration Aid Unit. Part of Platforma 2013 national festival of arts and refugees.
Special performances / discussions on 10th and 30th October, starting at 6pm.
90 Degree Citizen presents artworks that resonate with experiences of migration and refuge. They represent a sample of a new wave of expression in the UK outside of the limitations of western art schools and markets, often with a greater interest in symbolism, narrative and cultural hybridity.
Exhibiting artists include [Read more…]
NNIMMO BASSEY is an award-winning African climate activist and poet: we want to make a film about his work and how it connects with austerity, refugees and our wider realities. Please spread the word about our crowdfunding campaign, or donate yourself if you can:
This film will be more than a film about a strong and critically important activist – which is worthwhile in itself. It will also connect Nnimmo’s work with immediate headline issues concerning many of us – austerity and refugees – and so will join some of the dots which many environmental films do not. [Read more…]
We’ve launched a crowdfunder so that we can work with poet, author, activist Nnimmo Bassey. To support us click on the CCC logo on the right to go to Indiegogo.
For more information about the project click on the Continent Chop Chop menu.
A new transmedia performance by Virtual Migrants, touring from November 2015. It focuses on climate destruction and how it is linked to global austerity policies and refugees. It currently includes only a short voice-over from Nnimmo Bassey as a part of the story. We’ve launched a crowdfunder for this climate justice film project on Indiegogo. The new film created in collaboration with Nnimmo Bassey will become a centre-piece of the performance.
Selected posts by Kooj Chuhan recently on Virtual Migrants’ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/VirtualMigrants :
Whose World Is The World by Poster Film Collective cultural consciousness in the 80s. Any parallels now? http://poster-collective.org.uk/whoseworld/index.php
These posters were often in the youth clubs and community centres that we worked in, running creative, campaigning and discussion activities focused on anti-racist and suppressed historical ideas and knowledge. They gave a continuity in the environment that the people who used the building could continue to reflect on after the activities and workshops, in an immediate and visual way without too much text clutter. I really think we need this kind of stuff again in our physical environment, maybe the digital world makes us forget these possibilities?
The Chance Or Choice report suggests long term answer lies in [Read more…]
After the recent completely tragic murders I looked at a good number of Charlie Hebdo covers on Google images, and found racist stereotyping to be pretty consistent. I might add that Muslims seem to be the target of ridicule by Charlie Hebdo more than others are, though thats purely based on the sample from Google images and not a statistical survey. Sure, Charlie Hebdo does satirise almost everyone, but the way this is done in the case of Muslim people is using repeated images of Muslims that are practically from the colonial era, the equivalent of using gollywogs to depict people of African descent. If those were to be used to supposedly satirise Africans, most would [Read more…]
This weekend on 1st Nov 2014 the ‘Doh Mix Meh Up’ Exhibition in Oxford presents video art titled “Buy This (v3)” on race-migration-climate issues by Kooj Chuhan / Virtual Migrants.
‘Doh Mix Meh Up’ – Diaspora and Identity in Art
A free one-day exhibition and performance programme exploring the role of the arts in understanding, expressing and experiencing diaspora.
1st November 2014, 3pm – 10pm
‘Exploring Diaspora through [Read more…]
Important and critical article by Arun Gupta, ‘How the People’s Climate March Became a Corporate PR Campaign’, originally published at http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/19/how-the-peoples-climate-march-became-a-corporate-pr-campaign/ .
I’ve never been to a protest march that advertised in the New York City subway. That spent $220,000 on posters inviting Wall Street bankers to join a march to save the planet, according to one source. That claims you can change world history in an afternoon after walking the dog and eating brunch.
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