Unimagining Corporate Greenwashing

June 25, 2010
by phil
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Copenhagen Daily team member Tom Besley produced this 60 minute Clear Spot for ResonanceFM which was broadcast 18 June 2010. James Marriott of Platform and John Jordan of the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination reflect on the relationship of art and the environment in the wake of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster and 20 years of BP sponsorship of the Tate Gallery. Here’s Tom’s programme description:

Deepwater Horizon has highlighted the fatal consequences of corporate incompetence. This is the first in a series of conversations with artists, activists, curators and concerned individuals addressing art’s environment and the impact artists around the world are having on environmental and social policy.

Tonight we have James Marriott, of Platform, an organization that brings together artists & activists to create projects focused on social and ecological justice, in conversation with John Jordan, co-founder of the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, a network of socially engaged artists and activists whose work falls in between resistance and creativity, culture and politics, art and life.

They discuss what makes art such an effective catalyst for change, the history of art-activism, the ailing condition of art institutions, the architecture of corporate sponsorship of cultural institutions and how the Lab of ii recently exposed the Tate Modern’s complicity with BP’s project of maintaining a ‘social license to operate’.

Licence to Spill: Why BP Sponsors the Tate

This summer, the Tate has the chance to re-consider their deal with BP – details of which have been kept a secret. Public scrutiny and pressure will be a decisive factor in their decisions. You can email your opposition to BP’s sponsorship of the Tate to:

  • Nicholas Serota (Head of Tate) nicholas.serota [@] tate.org.uk
  • Penelope Curtis (Head of Tate Britain) penelope.curtis [@] tate.org.uk
  • Judith Nesbitt (Chief Curator at Tate Britain) judith.nesbitt [@] tate.org.uk
  • Rebecca Williams (Head of Department – Tate) rebecca.williams [@] tate.org.uk

Please copy in info [@] platformlondon.org on any correspondence.

Contact Liberate Tate at liberatetate [@] gmail.com and Good Crude Brittania.

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