Code Rood: Postcards from Blockadia

[‘Code Rood, Port of Amsterdam, 24 June 2016.’ Photo: Sumugan Sivanesan] Code Red (22-25 June 2017) was a climate camp and mass action bringing together a number of autonomous groups in the Port of Amsterdam, the second largest coal port in Europe. Organisers estimate around 300 people attended the camp, with over 200 people taking… Continue reading Code Rood: Postcards from Blockadia

Liberate Tate: Friendly Criticism at an Interstitial Distance

‘The Gift (2012), Liberate Tate.’ Photo: Martin LeSanto Smith As a university supported ‘research agency,’ Forensic Architecture are able to develop evidence and promote the means of ‘lawfare,’ often against governments. With their access to high profile cultural platforms, they convene fora around their evidence and pursue forms of legal and political activism. On the… Continue reading Liberate Tate: Friendly Criticism at an Interstitial Distance

Critical Habitations: Ecopolitics for teh Lulz

[Photo: ‘Anonymous’] My text, ‘Ecopolitics for teh Lulz: Transmedia Civil Disobedience in the Age of Fossil-Fuelled Information Capitalism’, has been published in Critical Habitations as a contribution to its third debate, ‘Pluralising Practices.’ According to the editors Alexander Dunst, Elahe Haschemi Yekani, Gudrun Rath and Anja Schwarz: Cultural studies today fork distinct trajectories, thus making… Continue reading Critical Habitations: Ecopolitics for teh Lulz

ASEN Field Trip: Maules Creek

[T]he Liverpool Plains are in danger of being turned into a second Hunter Valley and we know what the consequences would be for local communities, agriculture and water. Dr Kerri Clarke, Environmental Representative on the Maules Creek Community Consultative Committee. Over 25–28 September 2016 the Australian Student Environmental Network (ASEN) took a road trip to… Continue reading ASEN Field Trip: Maules Creek

un Magazine: Mass Aktion Media

[‘Video still: Ende Gelände wrap-up video.’ 350.org, 2016.] ‘I got two versions.’ My text ‘Mass Action Media:Ende Gelände, Break Free 2016’ has been published in un Magazine 10.2, an issue that concerns ‘the throng.’ Also, a slightly different version is available as a print yourself A3 ’zine here. Instructions on how to cut and fold… Continue reading un Magazine: Mass Aktion Media

Cyberactivism

In July 2015, I presented a working paper, ‘Choreography of Disobedience,’ at the recent Performance Studies international (PSi) conference, ‘Performance Climates,’ at the University of Melbourne. My paper expanded an earlier discussion of the Climate Games during COP21, Paris. Reviewing these events I was struck by the lack of ‘cyberactivism’ that occurred during the games.… Continue reading Cyberactivism

Cube Tactics

[‘Inflatable barricades, Ende Gelände 2016’ Photo: Paul Levi Wagner / 350.org] In a recent interview Artúr van Balen of the Tools For Action (TFA) collective discusses the evolution of the now iconic inflatable barricades (née cobblestone), a silver foil inflatable cube which was recently featured in the Victoria & Albert Museum exhibition, Disobedient Objects (2014).… Continue reading Cube Tactics

Movement Media

[‘Verladestation, Ende Gelände 2016.’ Photo: Sumugan Sivanesan] Actions live off the images. So said one of the plenary speakers following the first day of action of Ende Gelände in the Lausitz, 2016. On the previous night an action primer was screened in the Zirkus Zelt. The short documentary featured video shot during 2015 occupation of… Continue reading Movement Media

A future much worse than the present

[‘Klaus Emmerich in Brown Coal Blues’ (2016) Photo: Vice] Brown Coal Blues (2016) is a documentary produced by VICE INTL that concerns mining in the Rhineland region, in which reporter Filipa Von Stackelberg interviews employees of energy corporation RWE who operate the Garzweiler lignite mine, alongside locals and mining opponents. Early in the program Von… Continue reading A future much worse than the present

Ende Gelände: Here and no further

[‘Ende Gelände’ All photos: 350.org] Ende Gelände — stop the diggers — protect the climate. ‘Because I am not an activist. This isn’t what I do. I’m a relatively normal, middle aged chap who does clicktivism when he can find the time. Direct action is not my thing. I’m not cut out to be here, running… Continue reading Ende Gelände: Here and no further