Phoenix Project, day 14

Posted by carlotta on Wednesday August 21st, 2013 at 6:41am

Here is the next instalment of my daily post about the Phoenix Project, a photo documentary about the former industrial site in the heart of Lewes that is now home to well over a dozen vibrant arts and community groups. An exhibit and art trail of the project opens on Saturday and runs for two weeks as part of Artwave.

political performance art

Zu Studios artists and associates organised an anti-fracking demonstration that was more like performance art than anything else. It involved a besuited fat cat, Darth Vadar, several people in chemical warfare suits, bottles and bottles of coloured ‘toxic’ liquid and activists with a megaphone explained to the listening crowd about the dangers involved in fracking. The action heated up when ‘toxic chemicals’ were poured into the River Ouse. As drummers beat out a menacing rhythm, boat loads more hazchem people appeared to disgourge more bottles of coloured water into the river. Activists with feathers in their hair, in their own canoe, lept onto the hazchem boat, upending bottles of the ‘toxic’ water over the yellow-suited heads. It was a glorious, exuberant political and environmental statement, showing that it is possible to have a political demonstration that displays creativity and a sense of humour. And perhaps this is the best way to get the message across. Further photos from this shoot can be found here.

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