PLATFORM works across disciplines for social and ecological justice. It combines the transformatory power of art with the tangible goals of campaigning, the rigour of in-depth research with the vision to promote alternative futures.


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desk killer
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Current Projects

C Words: Carbon, Capital, Climate, Culture
A major exhibition and season of 50 events held in the run-up to COP 15, at leading contemporary arts centre Arnolfini, Bristol. While the exhibition in Bristol has ended, we are continuing to explore the issues at the heart of the project, reflect on the work done so far, and have ambition to take it forward in new, creative and challenging directions...

For an overview of the project, visit the C Words section of the PLATFORM Portfolio.
For the latest news and analysis, visit the C Words Blog.
You can also see the past events over at the Arnolfini site.

Unravelling the Carbon Web Research, advocacy and public education on oil corporations; with a particular focus on Iraq, the former Soviet Union, Nigeria and the Arctic.

Remember Saro-Wiwa
Creating a living memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa, the Nigerian writer and activist who was executed in 1995 for highlighting the impact of oil companies in the Niger Delta.

Education & Outreach
Inspiring creativity, empowering activism, developing pedagogical practice – courses, lectures, performances, workshops.


Projects in Development
Engineer working at the Saurer factory in the 1940s. Saurer manufactured the Gaswagen used in the murder of up to 400,000 people in Eastern Europe, between 1941 and 1945.
The Desk Killer
By shining a light into the world of the bureaucrats, planners and businessmen who contributed to the Holocaust, The Desk Killer raises critical questions as to whether the psychology and behaviour that enabled genocide to occur then, exists in the institutional culture of transnational corporations today.
Museum of the Corporation
The Museum of the Corporation is a proposal for an open space where people can debate one of today's most powerful influences on social and ecological justice in daily life and global politics, the transnational corporation.

Sister Organisation

PLATFORM established Renue as a community renewable energy initiative, in 1996. It has now merged with Sustainable Energy Action to form SEA-Renue, working with businesses, local authorities, schools and the wider community to deliver practical and affordable solutions to London's environmental challenges.



Book now for Shake! event: 'Britain on Trial: Young Voices Speak Out',
with young people from Shake!, Leeds Young Authors, and activists from Leeds University's MA Activism and Social Change, Leeds Bi-Centenary Transformation Project, and Pan-African Reparations Coalition on Europe MORE>>. Sat 29th October, 11.30-7pm, The Carriageworks, Leeds
FREE: book via platformshake@gmail.com.

New report: Counting the Cost: corporations and human rights abuses in the Niger Delta.
Shell fuelled human rights abuses in Nigeria by paying huge contracts to armed militants, according to a new report published by Platform and a coalition of NGOs and featured today in The Guardian. Download the report here>>

Shake! at Rebellious Media Conference, London:
Hear young people from Shake! speak out in ""The Unheard: Youth, the 'riots' and the media"" on Sunday 9th October, 11.30am.

Join The Free University of Liverpool hothouse in September, Live Art Development Agency & PLATFORM's new DIY 8 project for 2011, responding to theme Ethics will be the Aesthetics of the Future.
Apply here>>

Living Memorial to Ken Saro-Wiwa launched at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham, Sat 25th June, 1pm.
Celebrate the new site for Sokari Douglas Camp's spectacular "Bus" during a day of events at the Centre to mark Tottenham Civic Day.
Speakers for PLATFORM: Ben Amunwa, Zena Edwards, Sokari Douglas Camp, hosted by John Baraldi, Chief Executive of the Centre.

BOOK LAUNCH 23 May: Fuel on the Fire
Join PLATFORM and War on Want for an inspiring evening of debate and discussion for the exclusive book launch of Greg Muttitt's gripping new book on Iraq and Oil. MORE>>

SHAKE! Preview, Young Voices on Arts, Media, Race & Power, Sat 26th Feb, 6.30pm, at The Albany, Deptford. Performance-poetry, film premiere, testimony,and meet the artists involved: poets Zena Edwards, Sai Murai, DJ Eric Soul, filmmaker Ana Tovey. Read blog>>

See flyer here>>

FREE but must book via platformshake@gmail.com

PLATFORM contributes to film and events celebrating the work of the writer WG Sebald. Dan Gretton of PLATFORM made a warmly received presentation, Somewhere As Yet Undiscovered at the recent event After Sebald: Place & Re-Enchantment at Snape Maltings, Suffolk on 28th January 2011. Dan was also one of the interviewees in a film, Patience (After Sebald), that had its premiere at this event. (further information below).

"Patience (After Sebald)", A multi-layered film on landscape, history, art, life and loss, Patience (After Sebald) offers a unique exploration of the acclaimed writer WG Sebald (1944-2001) via a walk through coastal Suffolk tracking his best known book, The Rings of Saturn. Visually and sonically innovative, Patience features original contributions from, among others, Dan Gretton, Tacita Dean, Robert Macfarlane, Andrew Motion, Adam Philips and Marina Warner.

The first film to be made about Sebald, Patience marks ten years since the writer’s untimely death and is the much anticipated new feature by Grant Gee, the Grierson Award winning director of Joy Division. The film is a commission by pioneering agency Artevents for their programme The Re-Enchantment – a national arts project exploring our relationships to place, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England. For enquiries about next screening contact arteventsuk@gmail.com

Reserves Replacement Ratio in a Marginal Oil World - new report: PLATFORM's new report "Reserves Replacement Ratio in a Marginal Oil World: Adequate Indicator or Subprime Statistic?" was released today. It examines current practices of reporting on oil reserves to be derived from tar sands, deep water drilling and Arctic crude.

The international oil industry has entered an era in which maintaining production numbers involves unprecedented risk, escalating costs and tighter margins. Adequate profits from equity production will increasingly depend on a high demand and high oil price environment which is not only far from assured but is also counter to the interests of  climate protection.


"No Condition is Permanent" - New poetry anthology on climate justice launched.  
PLATFORM and African Writers Abroad present 19 poets in a new volume crackling with acute observation and arresting calls to justice. Price £4. Buy through Paypal account kevin@platformlondon.org 

"Off the deep end - Foreign policy and the dash for offshore oil and gas" report available online now MORE>>