Helen Moore speaks to the artist David Cooper about how art can play a significant role in raising awareness of ecological issues. The interview discusses his surrealist influences and how surrealism can be an effective approach to tackle the issue of climate change
Dr. Vishwam Jamie Heckert talks openly about activism, his yoga practice, and the inner freedom he’s discovering to tackle internal and external structures of domination
Political film culture in Britain and elsewhere has expanded dramatically in recent years as access to digital technologies have meshed with socio-political, economic and environmental contexts marked by crisis and discontent. Co-founder of the Bristol Radical Film Festival in 2011 and the Radical Film Network in 2013, Steve Presence discusses the relationship between film, politics and the avant-garde.
Helen Moore’s award-winning poem records the mock ecocide trial held at London’s Supreme Court in 2011. The project was initiated by Polly Higgins, an environmental lawyer, barrister and author, as part of the Eradicating Ecocide campaign to make ecocide the fifth international Crime against Peace.
Art activism by Liberate Tate references the growing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, measured in parts per million (ppm). Steadily increasing since the onset of the industrial revolution, levels now exceed what scientists consider to be a maximum ‘safe’ limit of 350 ppm. This piece also critiques the role of oil companies in contributing to this, and their sponsorship of the arts.
Sculpture, photography, architecture, and biology are some of the disciplines that intersect in Ackroyd & Harvey’s work, revealing an intrinsic bias towards process and event and often reflecting urban political ecologies by highlighting the temporal nature of processes of growth and decay. In this exclusive interview they discuss their work and ideas with Helen Moore.
Filmed in Balcombe at the controversial Cuadrilla fracking site in West Sussex, Seize the Day’s ‘Frakka Hakka’ song is performed by the band and protestors at the Balcombe Community Defenders Camp.
“Take out the dams / stand up to oil / protect the plants and renew the soil / who’s gonna stand up and save the Earth?…..End fracking now / let’s save the water / and build a life for our sons and daughters / This all starts with you and me”.
These are the lyrics to Neil Young’s powerful environmentalist song ‘Whose Gonna Stand Up?’. Listen to it here.
“What is fracking, and why are people so concerned?” Produced in association with Frack Free Somerset, Frances Howe’s brilliantly drawn comic puts you in the picture.
‘Greenspin’ is a collaboration between poet Helen Moore and film-maker Howard Vause. Liberating and exposing the language of corporate advertising and ‘greenwashing’, the film references the creative practice of subvertising through the medium of satirical videopoetry, with an ante-narrative in the form of an ‘ad’ for the spoof Greenspin PR company, followed by the performance of the poem ‘From Greenwash, A User’s Manual’. The piece won 3rd prize in the Liberated Words Poetry Film Festival 2013.