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By: Art Not Oil
Date: Wed, 27/06/2012 - 1:00am

Borderline Ballardian will be taking place at C.A.D.S. in Sheffield, England.

Creative Arts Development Space
Based on the St Vincents Quarter, Shalesmoor Industrial Estate. 

A five to ten minutes walk from West Street, behind the West Bar Police Station.

Hi all,

'I would to inform you of an exhibition I am involved in taking place at
http://www.cads-online.co.uk/ starting 6th July. Details can be found on the facebook event and blog page here:

It is a group show featuring the works of 15 artists from around the UK and will have a mixture of painting, photography, poetry and sculpture!

Here is the blurb and I hope to see you down there or if you can't make it then please look out for a virtual tour online!

“It is the psychological effects of technological, social and environmental developments I am interested in.” JG Ballard

To question the environment around us, to take a step back and create reality in a world ruled by fictions. Is this the artist’s true role?

Borderline Ballardian is an exhibition of works that questions and observes British society and the psychological effects of technological, social and environmental developments.

The word ‘Ballardian’ originates from the works of British novelist, James Graham Ballard and is defined as resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in Ballard’s novels and stories, especially a dystopian modernity, bleak man-made landscapes and the psychological effects mentioned above.

Ballard’s novels, classed as science fiction are now seeming to resemble the real more than ever, as our 21st century lives hurtle towards huge environmental and psychological uncertainties.

Reckless industrial growth is slowly killing the planet, as air and Water is polluted and littered, food is grown chemically and unsustainably, and oceans are turned into acid pools. What little democratic rights we have are being shaken to their core by the intertwined forces of runaway capitalism and the nation state, which require nothing more of us than alienated consumers. We are stolen and then sold back as make up and fashion.

All this certainly Sounds like a Ballard novel to me… But do we ever ask ourselves the question, in all seriousness “could the world I’m living in now be rightly classed as dystopian?” It can be hard to the see the world for what it truly is whilst you’re in the midst of it.

The exhibition aims to take a step back, observe and inform.

Exhibiting Artists:

Clinton Kirkpatrick (Lisburn)
Gary Steadman (Barnsley)
Jade Morris (Sheffield)
Jonathan Butcher (Sheffield)
John Ledger (Sheffield)
Kim Thompson (Manchester)
Mikk Murray (Sheffield)
Nancy Richardson (Sheffield)
Robert Norbury (Holmfirth)
Ryan Vodden (Sheffield)
Stuart Alexander (London)
Leeds Annonymous (Leeds)
+ friends!

Blog here: http://borderlineballardian.wordpress.com/

Open night Friday 6th July 2012 @ 6pm onwards with live poetry and discussion!

Please forward to anyone who may have an interested,

Many thanks,

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By: Art Not Oil
Date: Wed, 30/05/2012 - 1:00am


LINGO is a coalition bringing together campaigns against extraction witzero carbon solutions. One of the chief aims is to get Supply sidmitigation onto the UN agenda, and begin the conversation about turning ofthe taps of fossil fuel extraction. This is currently not even considerein the COP talks. This is where we need YOU to be part of this drive texpose the dangers of extractions, and promote solutions based orespecting the rights of Mother Nature and societies powered by renewablenergy systems.

The image above (by Angie Vanessa Cárdenas <http://www.acdesign.tk/&gtand oilwatch <http://www.oilwatch.org/>) is our call to action, as we asartists across the world to recreate it in their own cities, townsvillages or homes before, during or after Rio+20 in solidarity with globastruggles against fossil fuel extraction and for people centred solutions.Interpret in your own style, and relevant to your own country and campaign. Each mural will be mappehere (Google Maps link) anhosted on this page http://durbanclimatejustice.wordpress.com/lingo/ so please send youlocation, artist name and a webready jpeg tstephen.murphy@gmail.com or cop17durban@gmail.com(a google placemark would be ideal though).Two murals have already been created in Durban, the location of the lasclimate summit, and a third, on banner http://occupycop17.org/2011/11/30/a-day-of-art-occupycop17/is on its way to Rio de Janeiro by sailboat.About Lingo:www.durbanclimatejustice.net/lingoThe Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development is approaching, in thattempt to find a global solution to environmental problems. But thnegotiations are stalled in the key questions and CO2 emissions continue trise (around 40% since 1992). The proposed responses to the climate crisi(such as offsetting, CDM and carbon markets) are inadequate, unambitiousand in some cases counterproductive. Pledges to reduce emissions arvoluntary and focused purely on the demand-side. In the absence of a globacap on emissions - which seems decades away - demand-side mitigation isn'a guaranteed successful strategy.The reality of mitigation is that to stay within the proposed 1.5°C or 2°temperature rise, the taps must be turned off, and the better part of knowreserves of fossil fuels must remain untouched in the ground. But at thUnited Nations climate talks, supply-side mitigation is currently not othe agenda. While the UN and governments stall, corporations invest heavilinto expanding the fossil frontier into ever more sensitive environmentthrough deep sea drilling and exploitation of shale gas and tar sandslocking us into a path of high emissions and a toxic future.To build a climate friendly world requires alternative plans to live a goolife (known in Latin America as "buen vivir") powered fully by renewablenergy. These plans will help us to effectively challenge the need fofossil fuels in our societies.In December 2011 diverse people and organizations came together in Durbato unify the struggles against the growth of the fossil economy with thsolutions for a society that respects the Rights of Mother Earth.This group demands and proposes to work towards:

We invite all to work together on this

Please enter your organization's or personal details below, if you woullike to be involved:

LINGO - Leaving it in the Ground Coalition - www.durbanclimatejustice.net/lingo 
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By: Art Not Oil
Date: Sat, 05/05/2012 - 1:00am

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