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Intro to The Centre Cannot Hold project

Climate Change Testimonies from Refugees

Passenger performances



Virtual Migrants presents

video installation  +  performance
climate justice, race and migrant-refugee voices

a part of 'Counterpoint' exhibition/live art strand of the Platforma Festival,
Club Row, Rochelle School, Arnold Circus E2 7ES London, Nov 29 - Dec 3rd.  Admission free.

'Buy This (v3)' installation - Private View on Monday 28th November, 7pm.
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'Un-Earth' live performance - only on Friday 2nd December, 5pm. .

Buy This (v3) video installation 
Refugees and ‘third-world’ migrants bring with them intimate and undervalued knowledge about climate change.  ‘Buy This’ juxtaposes such voices on one screen against another, over-saturated with colliding imagery of wars, colonial struggles, environmental upheaval and UK racism, overlaid with scrolling news messages. An exploration of how environmental change is integral to the economic and political forces bringing about human displacement and racial inequality, and a continuation of the “Centre Cannot Hold” project discussing climate imperialism and the violent commodification of humans and the environment.

Opening times: 11am - 8pm (Tuesday - Saturday)

Un-Earth performance (Passenger 9)
Drawing upon the group members’ respective roots traditions, 'Un-Earth' is a collision of sound, music and imagery following a practiced method of individual research, collective rehearsal, and live improvisation. Multiple hybrid narratives of climate change challenge the dominant ‘developed’ world agenda and implicitly racialised discourse that excludes migrant voices. Un-Earth is the latest in the ‘Passenger’ series of events, involving the installation as an integral component.
5pm, Friday 2nd December. The performance lasts 20 mins. Admission 
free - come early to be sure of a seat

Installation by Kooj Chuhan with collaboration from Tanha Mehrzad
Performance by Tracey Zengeni, Sai Murai, Tanha Mehrzad and Aidan Jolly

We dedicate this work to Wangari Maathai (1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011), the first environmentalist and also the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

a part of The Centre Cannot Hold project by Virtual Migrants, including work produced in collaboration with RICC and MRSN (Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures and Manchester Refugee Support Network), and also School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences,
The University of Manchester.  Made with support from the School of Environment and Development (Manchester University) and Community Arts North West / Exodus.   Virtual Migrants is a Beacons for Public Engagement award winner 2011.

still image of BuyThis (v3) installation: