while activists amassed in the city as part of the G20 protests, a handful of musicians made a greenwash visit to tate britain to highlight the role of BP in climate change. BP had already decided to cancel a proposed centenary celebration dinner in the city, but they were still proud sponsors of a modern art exhibition at tate britain.
while investing $150m in its corporate advertising budget to promote a green image, BP also puts out press releases to industry boasting of its commitment to grow annual output through to 2020, with last year's profits soaring by 148%, investment in canadian tar sands (the most polluting of all fossil fuels), and discussions with the iraq 'government' to claim a huge stake in oil reserves there in the aftermath of a genocidal and illegal war.
the musical protest began inside the tate at the altermodern 'squeezebox jukebox'. a huge oversized accordian installation by ruth ewan. later, on the steps of the gallery, a group of musicians performed the song 'the party is over' while security guards tried in vain to get them to leave.
later the group was seen performing at the climate camp in bishopsgate.
the mp4 format film is just over 4 minutes long, and can easily be viewed using the free vlc player from videolan.org on any computer platform
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