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CRUDE KILLINGS - Climate, Race, Poverty

virtual migrants

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 from 18:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

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a free event by Virtual Migrants
BEHIND OIL: Multi-billion dollar corporate oil activities are almost entirely hidden, sanitised, absent from history and consciousness.
We think we know about oil, but we don't. Its not just what we use it for, more than that its about extreme power and control by companies and states over our lives, minds, environment, culture, economies and austerities...
 Wednesday 28th November 6pm - 8pm
 International Anthony Burgess Foundation
 3 Cambridge Street, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, Manchester M1 5BY
Booking a place is strongly advised, please register your attendance at

The new book from Platform, The Oil Road, quotes BP (the fourth largest company in the world) describing their operations as “Safe, Silent & Unseen”, but we need both to "see" and to "hear" at whose expense are their billions of dollars of annual profits.

This event by Virtual Migrants in partnership with Platform will explore the themes of the book using discussion and creativity, and among other things will ask, "How does the sanitisation of difficult, violent processes and imperialist histories inform the fight for climate justice today?"

Virtual Migrants present the latest in the ‘Passenger’ series of events: a combination of live performance of music and spoken word, plus a panel discussion, responding to Platform's new book "The Oil Road - A Journey from the Caspian to the City".

The panel includes:

JAMES MARRIOTT - Platform & co-author of the book
JAYA GRAVES - Southern Voices
DEYIKA NZERIBE - Hulme Green Party
MARC HUDSON - Steady State Manchester
ARWA ABURAWA - Manchester Climate Monthly
KOOJ CHUHAN (chair) - Virtual Migrants

The 'Passenger' performance will involve Virtual Migrants' artists:

SAI MURRAY (poetry/spoken word)
TANHA MEHRZAD (visual projection/poetry)
Platform (London) are a social justice organisation combining Arts, Activism, Education and Research (see website for more info including their campaign for justice in the Niger Delta, Remember Saro-Wiwa

a preceding event at the same venue as a part of "The Oil Road" launch in Manchester is the film:
- film screening by Manchester Film Cooperative
Tuesday 27th November, doors open 7.30pm
Jennifer Baichwal's compelling documentary of photographer Ed Burtynsky's voyage of discovery in today's industrial China.
Admission £3 waged/£2 unwaged

Review quotes about "The Oil Road":

★★★★★…The Oil Road opens the lid on the often-shady energy economy, weaving absorbing travel reportage into powerful investigative journalism…. If you want to know why oil matters, read this book.” - Time Out (book of the week)

“”An elegantly written travel book…will make you think the next time you fill the tank.”Financial Times

‘Beautifully written as well as formidably well-informed…A pleasure to read’ -  Neal Ascherson, author of Black Sea

“As global powers scramble for the last of the world’s diminishing resources, comes this book – well researched and written with empathy, integrity and imagination. It is timely and much needed.” Ahdaf Soueif, author of The Map of Love

Do you have questions about CRUDE KILLINGS - Climate, Race, Poverty? Contact virtual migrants

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International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Chorlton Mill
3 Cambridge St
M1 5BY Manchester
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 from 18:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

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virtual migrants

Digital media and art connecting with race, migration and globalisation.

virtual migrants connects and engages artists with digital media, and organises projects that add new aesthetics and perspectives to themes of race, migration and globalisation.  virtual migrants create, exhibit and distribute artworks that incorporate digital media techniques that can be installed in galleries, public spaces or community venues.

virtual migrants association was founded in 1998 to bring together a range of artists, particularly those working in visual, music, performance and writing, to collaborate on moving image and new media projects. Its critical purpose is to add new aesthetics, artistic responses and perspectives to themes of race, migration and globalisation; to cross boundaries between artists and non-artists, including with theorists, activists and communities; to draw attention to expressions of migrants whose existence is held in question; and to artistically explore and respond to the causes of racialised political issues which continually make headline news.

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