Cyberactivism

I presented a working paper, ‘Choreography of Disobedience,’ at the recent Performance Studies international (PSi) conference, ‘Performance Climates,’ at the University of Melbourne. My presentation developed 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. Despite a number… Continue reading Cyberactivism

Anthropocene, oder…?

[‘Welsh Dragon takes on digger, End Coal Now!, Ffos-y-Fran, Wales, UK, 3 May 2016.’ Photo: Amy Scaife / Reclaim the Power] The Anthropocene is the proposed name for the current geological period in which human activities have significantly altered the functioning of planetary systems. It is a period in which human cultures no longer labour… Continue reading Anthropocene, oder…?

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

Braun Kohle

[‘Garzweiler panorama’ (2013) Photo: Raimond Spekking] Lignite or brown coal supplies more than 25% of Germany’s electricity (Chazan and Foy, 2016). The soft peat-based rock forms close to the surface and is considered the lowest rank of coal due to its relatively low heat content, low energy density and typically high moisture content. Lignite causes… Continue reading Braun Kohle