EVENTS: performances, film screenings, artist-activist talks and discussions
Thursday 4th June
Exhibition preview evening
6pm-8pm at Durham Art Gallery www.dlidurham.org.uk
Introductory presentation about the exhibition by Kooj Chuhan (artistic director, Meta’ceptive), Maya Chowdhry (independent artist) and Dr Andrew Baldwin (Geography Dept, Durham University) – its aesthetics, methods, wider contexts and its connections with social and academic research, includes short film screening.
Further details and speakers to be announced.
Saturday 27th June
Art, Climate Change, Migration and Activism
2pm-4pm at Durham Art Gallery www.dlidurham.org.uk
Gallery tour, talks and discussion with artist Kooj Chuhan, Alex Randall (UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition), Janet Stewart (Director, Centre for Visual Arts and Culture) and Andrew Telford (climate change researcher, Geography Dept, Durham University).
Sunday 28th June
Connecting migrant realities in the UK
2pm-4pm at Oriental Museum www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum
Presentations and discussion by artists Maya Chowdhry, Tracey Zengeni, Mazaher and Apu Chowdhury incl. guided tour of the art works
Sunday 28th June
Workers rights, migration, miners and climate change
4.30pm-6.30pm at Miners Hall www.durhamminers.org
Provocative debate where Dave Douglass (trade unionist, miners historian and writer), Alex Randall (UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition) and others battle out their positions, incl. guided tour of the art works.
Sunday 28th June
PERFORMANCE NIGHT: Oil, politics, poetry with Platform and Transition Durham
7.30pm at EMPTY SHOP HQ 35c Framwellgate Bridge, DH1 4SJ www.emptyshop.org (Find Empty Shop HQ – click here)
Platform, Transition Durham and Metaceptive invite you to a special event for 2015 connecting County Durham with Ogoniland in the Niger Delta.
Silence Would Be Treason: Between Nigeria and here by Platform
It is 20 years since the executions of Nigerian writer and campaigner Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 Ogoni colleagues for protesting against oil pollution by Shell and others.
Shell still haven’t cleaned up 60 years of devastated soil and rivers. Campaigner Jane Trowell from Platform and performance poets Sai Murray and Selina Nwulu share their work on environmental justice through video, music, poetry and slides. They encourage you to ‘get the Bus to Nigeria’ to force change to happen.
+ De-Oiling Durham by Transition Durham
Screening of a film documenting their work to reduce Durham’s oil and fossil dependency plus live poetry from Mika Laiho and a discussion about local activism.
Mon 29th June
‘EXIT’ film by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (USA): Screening + panel discussion
6.30pm at Appleby Theatre, Geography West Building, Durham University, Stockton Road, Durham DH1 3LE www.dur.ac.uk
EXIT is digital film-art that interprets climate migration data, widely recognised as a key work addressing the theme of climate change and migration. Created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (USA) with collaborators Laura Kurgan and Marc Hansen. Free public tickets available online at www.exitfilm.eventbrite.co.uk . A part of the ‘Human Migration & Environment’ conference www.durhamconference.eu
Diller Scofidio + Renfro are an interdisciplinary New York studio integrating visual art, architecture, performance www.dsrny.com . The work was commissioned by Fondation Cartier (France) www.fondation.cartier.com .