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90% CRUDE / Unraveling the Carbon Web
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1996
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Editors' note: 90% CRUDE continues as Unraveling the Carbon Web

90% CRUDE is an ongoing investigation into and provocation around the culture and impact of transnational corporations.

90% CRUDE is a journey. A journey to understand the impact on our minds, our bodies, our society and our environment of that most potent of modern phenomena - the transnational corporation. From the polluting of the air that we breathe, to the altering of the earth's climate, from the destruction of indigenous peoples to the demise of our town centres, transnationals are shaping our lives with unprecedented power.

So far, 90% CRUDE is made up of eleven public project strands, the current live ones being:

    killing us softly
    Unraveling the Carbon Web, an investigation into the inter-relationships that support and sustain British-based oil companies BP and Shell
    Freedom in The City
    Ken Saro-Wiwa Memorial Campaign
Other strands have been:
    Agitpod
    Carbon Generations
    Crude Operators
    Gog and Magog
    Funding for a Change
    Ignites 1 and 2
    Vessel

    and
    The "Q" (Quarterly) Events - live art walks in central London which take place on the very same days as the companies' publication of their reports on their 3-monthly results.

    The performance work takes place over the cycle of a full year, in a series of 8, day-long events, each one created for the specific quarterly result day as determined by the company. They combine :

      > music/sound-piece - listened to by each audience member on personal CD players

      > contemporary research on the company, mirroring the actuality of their activity on the very day of the quarterly results

      > performed stories - live readings of specially written fables about aspects of the companies' lives and impacts

      > 4-hour discussion space - building on Platform's long history of creating imaginative spaces to catalyse discussion between diverse audiences

    The walks take place in the Cities of London and Westminster, at locations that at illustrate the metabolism of BP and Shell and the institutions that serve to support their work, such as the finance, insurance and PR business.

    The "Q" Events are a strategy whereby people from the oil industry, related fields such as finance, PR, insurance etc, the arts, campaigning and ecology can physically walk around the companies in London. By embodying the experience, standing outside the walls, entranceways and lobbies, and being made hyper-aware through the mingling of strategies named above, The "Q" Events create a susceptibility to new ways of thinking about the huge problems of fossil fuel impacts.

Meet the Speed of the City with Slowness
Meet the Anonymity of the City with Intimacy
Meet the Concrete of the City with Nature
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www.platformlondon.org
info@platformlondon.org
t: 020 7403 3738

7 Horselydown Lane
Bermondsey
London
SE1 2LN
England


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