The Threepenny Festival Association, Virtual Migrants, Rainbow Collective, Voices That Shake!, with the London Mining Network and War On Want created an artist led intervention in the protest outside the BHP-Billiton Annual General Meeting in London on October 19th. A map representing villages displaced by the Cerrejón open cast mine was created and rolled out in front of the entrance to the conference hall, leaving shareholders with the choice of confronting or dodging their complicity. The film was made alongside this process, documenting the struggle of the WaYúu people, and calling for action.
Earlier this year we were involved in a research project devised by the University of Manchester Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice and a series of interactive drama-based workshops led by Theatre in Prisons and Probation to faciliate conversations about radicalism.
The project was devised as ‘a collaboration between young people, school staff, interdisciplinary researchers, and creative artists, that focuses on developing an inclusive and open discussion about how schools approach extremism that speaks to, and is led by, young people’.
The government’s Prevent strategy has been accused of being more damaging than enabling; acting as a mechanism of exclusion that represses rather than encourages conversation. It was fascinating to hear the views and frustrations of teachers and pupils in dealing with Prevent and Safeguarding legislation highlighting even more the need to “talk about this”.
Here’s the poem that [Read more…]
Following our recent tour, here is a photo gallery of Continent Chop Chop as it was performed in Leeds, all photos by Max Farrar. We are going to add more updates about that tour as time goes on, as well as details of what we are currently developing. For full details of the Continent Chop Chop project, go to http://virtualmigrants.net/continent-chop-chop/ or locate the project in the drop down menu above.
Click on any image to view the photos in a nice and cool large-size slideshow.
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
Climate justice stories from across the world weaved together via Afrobeat influences, experimental electronics, English Folk and deconstructed imperial anthems.
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/
LIST OF PERFORMANCES IN 2015:
Ticket prices and ticketing details here
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.
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.
What is CONTINENT CHOP CHOP?
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.
45 years since David was found dead in the River Aire. Please help promote and come to our fundraiser for a memorial garden next saturday at Left Bank Leeds 3rd May with Virtual Migrants, Angel Of Youths, DJ SaIQa, Nigerian Community Leeds, street food, stalls, raffle + more.
Remember Oluwale 45th Anniversary Fundraiser – Saturday 3rd May 2014
90 Degree Citizen exhibition project:
Special Event on Weds 30th October, 6pm – 9pm, at Manchester Museum
>> ‘RE-PRESENTING REFUGEES’ panel discussion <<
>> ‘PASSENGER 12’ multimedia performance <<
>> ‘COMMITTED TO REPRESENT’ exhibition premiere – open to view from 5pm <<
A range of key speakers and artists explore critical issues around art, displacement and refugees. As a dynamic movement, alternative practices and perspectives, cultural resistance or affirmation, political and historical contexts. Open to the public on the eve of the Platforma national conference on arts and refugees. A Virtual Migrants event www.virtualmigrants.net .
Discussion begins 7.20pm – panel includes:
Flora Alexander – Iranian visual artist based in Glasgow
Yusra Warsama – poet, playwright and actor from Somalia
Tom Green – director of Platforma national network of arts and refugees
Humberto Velez – international visual, media and performance artist
Isobel Bowler – legal case worker at GM Immigration Aid Unit
Iseult Timmermans – artist and creative producer with refugee groups at Street Level Photoworks
Discussion chaired by Kooj Chuhan – artist and cultural producer; founder of Virtual Migrants and director of 90 Degree Citizen
Multimedia experimental performance: part 1 begins 7pm with part 2 after the discussion – includes artists:
Sai Murray (writer, poet, spoken word)
Maya Chowdhry (performer, writer, multimedia and interactive artist)
Aidan Jolly (composer-songwriter and musician)
Tracey Zengeni (vocalist)
Mazaher (VJ projections)
Elmi Ali (writer, poet, spoken word)
Pat Mackela (drums and percussion)
Committed To Represent – exhibition premiere with talks about the work at 6pm including special guest Mavis Makhaza from Gtr Manchester Immigration Aid Unit and WAST (Women Asylum Seekers Together):
Portable panels of photography and text, portraying the people behind the labels – our unsung heroes the legal immigration caseworkers and those who have needed their support. Created by Kooj Chuhan, Ursula Sharma and Mazaher, as a partnership project between GM Immigration Aid and Virtual Migrants. This is a pop-up exhibition only on show until 1st November in the Kanaris Foyer at the museum.
This event is a part of the 90 Degree Citizen exhibition, on show from 10th October – 17th November at Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
FREE to attend, but please register at www.re-presentingrefugees.eventbrite.co.uk
The café will be open during this event for food and drinks. Light refreshments provided. All timings are approximate.
SPECIAL GUESTS ANNOUNCED: Mavis Makhaza from GM Immigration Aid Unit and WAST (Women Asylum Speakers Together), plus Tony Openshaw from ASHA (Asylum Support Housing Advice) will speak about their work in relation to the exhibition
Re-Presenting Refugees event 30th October!
90 Degree Citizen
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, and engaging with objects from The Manchester Museum
Special event: Re-Presenting Refugees panel discussion with ‘Passenger 12’ multimedia performance + special guests incl. international artist Humberto Velez, Denise McDowell the director of Greater Manchester Immigration Aid, and Iranian artist Flora Alexander
Wednesday 30th October, 6.00 – 9.00pm
plus: at 5.00pm a talk + preview of the “Committed To Represent” pop-up exhibition
FREE: please register at www.re-presentingrefugees.eventbrite.co.uk