C Words: carbon, climate, capital, culture

PLATFORM with 7 new commissions from African Writers Abroad, Ackroyd & Harvey, Institute for the Art & Practice of Dissent at Home, Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, Hollington & Kyprianou with Tamasin Cave & Spinwatch, Trapese Collective, Virtual Migrants; and events with Amelia's Magazine, Art Not Oil, Carbon Trade Watch, Corner House, FERN, Greenpeace, Live Art Development Agency, new economics foundation & Clare Patey, Sustrans - Art & the Travelling Landscape, Ultimate Holding Company, and others.

The energy and climate-change crisis stands as a unique social and ecological challenge... Those least responsible for climate change are the worst affected by it...

Indian Activist Vandana Shiva, 2008

As a centrepiece to the 100 Days, artist-activist group PLATFORM and their collaborators propose C Words, a two-month investigation into carbon, climate, capital and culture. Based on PLATFORM's 25 years of research, art and action, C Words cross-examines the present and looks to the next two decades. How did we get here? Where are we going? Who's deciding? Who's made invisible? Whose future matters? PLATFORM members will be in residence at Arnolfini throughout, taking the temperature as the issues unfold.

Over 25 events, installations, performances, actions, walks, courses, discussions, and skills-sharing will build towards the moment of public departure to the protests at the contested COP 15 in Copenhagen. This isn't art which merely describes the problems of climate justice. C Words is refreshingly uncomfortable, investigating how everything from carbon offsets and transport, to racism and bank accounts play their part in the carbon web. How will culture be produced in a low energy future, a future where we no longer fly artists, artworks, and curators around the planet? Can we imagine our way from here to there?