Article on the Global Environment Facility and making our films ‘Suits and Savages’ in the special issue of Current Conservation (Volume 3, Issue 3) on ‘Displaced and Disobedient Knowledge’, Spring 2010.
Written with Tim Forsyth, Mute, 2007, republished in Eurozine, 2009.
In its current form, cap-and-trade amounts to a system that interferes with development patterns in the South to offset carbon emissions resulting from “business as usual” in the North. Politics should be seeking alternatives to the trading model.
World Bank in a New Avatar – While the World Bank launches its ‘development gateway’, critics gear up to counter the ‘caring sharing knowledge bank’ that it strives to portray. Published in Down to Earth, New Delhi, 2002
“Beach Buffs and Film Combers” Illustrated article about the ‘Bring Your Own Film Festival” on an Orissan beach, published in Mute, 2004.
Tamáss echoes Gödel’s theorem: ‘no theories, no forms … can be up to the phenomenological complexity of contemporary Beirut’; something similar is true of all globalising cities, from Los Angeles’s segregated dream factories to occupied Baghdad. Like military, religious or corporate strategists, intellectuals conceptually map as they observe. And like the post-war planners’ remaking of central Beirut as ‘a laboratory for current and future elaborations of global capitalism’, artists too leave blank areas beyond care, co-option or comprehension.
“Agribusiness Invades Poland”, illustrated article on the ecological and economic consequences of expanding corporate pig ‘factories’ in former collective farms of Northern Poland, published in Mute magazine, 20“Agribusiness Invades Poland”, illustrated article on the ecological and economic consequences of expanding corporate pig ‘factories’ in former collective farms of Northern Poland, published in Mute magazine, 2004.04.
With Glastonbury sanitised this year, the Big Green Gathering (BGG) drew in party people in search of Avalon’s freer spirit. They found a sorted little festival in Cheddar, Somerset – run mostly on wind and solar power – with music, info, art, permaculture, workshops and films. But organisation and self-control started to break down after dark. It was only afterwards that I discovered it was meant to be ‘alcohol free’.