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Posted on July 06, 2010 by bp complaints

there are 4-5 videos please watch all of them to understand what happened…. they are attempting to cut something off of the BOP and drop the saw…. the recover the saw… start to cut again…. something happens to make the operator of the ROV panic and escape the area… then something blows!!! What in the world just happened????
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On the evening of the 28th of June at approx 7:15pm, Liberate Tate In protest over BP’s sponsorship of the arts performed a “Solemn” oil like spill at the Tates Summer party. Dressed in black and veiled the performers carrying black buckets with BP logos spewed molasses over the entrance way as onlookers watched in amazement as the Portland stone floor was consumed by the black oil like mess. Feathers were scattered and filled the air and in the same manner of approach the artists gracefully paced their escape. Licence to Spill “Apart from catastrophic spills like the Deepwater Horizon, there are a whole host of adverse impacts that are associated with the production of oil. On the local level, it often involves extreme forms of pollution for local communities, while regionally oil is frequently associated with greater militarization and conflict. Globally, carbon emissions, oil companies, and our collective dependence on the product they push, are taking us ever closer to the edge of climate catastrophe. ” To download Licence to Spill, a new release from Platform, visit www.carbonweb.org Info : www.artnotoil.org.uk
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  1. JArmentia65 says:

    I’m not sure if they are doing this for their cause or for themselves. I think its too theatrical. It gave the drama more focus than what they are fighting for. Did you notice the slow motion. More of an entertainment than a protest, c’mon!

  2. yossariancomplex says:

    @nervous2012 You missunderstand me, I’m not saying you can’t be creative when protesting, in fact I think it is becoming more important to do so. But, when the creativity obscures the issue then the excercise becomes tainted, pretensious. This is far from a gem, it is grotesque egotism- an issue I think most protestors need to address. Having said that, I wouln’t be so vehement about this if they didn’t force some of the most downtrodden people in society to clean up their black tar egos.

  3. nervous2012 says:

    So the theater of it wasn’t your cup of tea? Hitting the right note with people in protest can be a hard one. This is about some activists wanting to do more then stand in a picket line and yell slogans (that can divorce viewers from emotions too). That people are bringing creativity to activism and trying to hit on other cognitive/emotion levels is the gem here – and that is why it is worth having an “out of the ordinary” protest.

  4. yossariancomplex says:

    @nervous2012 Propaganda can be good or bad, depending on whether it tells the truth. Aside from the political issue, I still don’t consider it art. It strikes me as staid, self important and over dramatised which, far from accentuating the emotions caused by the recent spill or BP’s Tate sponsorship, actually has the effect of divorcing the viewer from those emotions- all I could think was, why the music, why the costumes, why the procession? Why not just treat it as an ordinary protest?

  5. nervous2012 says:

    @yossariancomplex Isn’t that a harsh restriction on Art that is can’t talk about politics? Can it talk about ethics? Does art teaching anything makes it “didactic” and not art? If so then inside the tate they should just hang wallpaper or call it a school.

    An aside: The word propaganda by definition is not bad. It is about organizing to get an idea across to a lot of people – there is no brainwashing here.

  6. DrCerasus says:


    W A T E R ! ! !

  7. yossariancomplex says:

    @jaironia It’s not art because it is so highly politicised. It is attempting to tell us what to think and in doing so becomes didactic. It is little more than destructive instruction. It’s propaganda.

  8. colmcgillveray says:

    Although.. What were the detergents that would be used to clean up this “action” made from?……
    (de’ils lawyer)

  9. Koharu says:

    @colmcgillveray Thanx 😉

  10. colmcgillveray says:

    Its from the OST from “Requiem for a dream” by Daniel Aranofsky, by Clint Mansell and thee Kronos quartet
    Both movie and sountrack are heartily recomended

  11. Koharu says:

    Yes! Good job!!!!!
    (Which song is? =O)

  12. alasdeverdad says:


  13. morganic88 says:

    The beauty of this film and action is equal to the horror caused by oil companies worldwide

  14. youandifilms says:

    Watch the full report on Liberate Tates Action “Licence to Spill – FULL REPORT”

  15. PROFILESophiaYates says:

    I just could not believe a tune i felt so passionate about a few months before this happened could lead to this level. I mean I felt this and it was so sad for my own reasons but it was for these reasons. So hard to explain. God you got this tune so right!!!! I’m so moved! This is so horrific=more than we can imagine! Bravo! Bravo!

  16. orkid682 says:

    needs different music

  17. ceritube says:

    @pxyzyzygy not all acion has to be ‘hardcore’, and against hard targets. There are at least 2 levels to this action. One of them is to do it directly in front of the guests, who are presumably rich and sometimes powerful patrons of the gallery that consider themselves some kind of enlightened elite, challenging their actions with a symbolic dose of reality, the other is to produce a video and other press that will be seen as somewhat artistic and interesting so it will spread.

  18. ceritube says:

    This is a brilliant action, and a fantastic video to go with it. This protest in itself is art, and is important because companies like BP use sponsorship of the arts to legiimise themselves, and the worst thing is the people who are enjoying, consuming and benefiting from it all pretend to be some sort of enlightened liberals that ‘care’ about people and the planet. We need a lot more of this a lot more often.

  19. jaironia says:

    @yossariancomplex Why is it not art? Tell me more than I am interested about what you undestand as ART and NOT ART.

  20. redbitXs4Y says:

    a necessary action, i would say after 70 days of free oil for all the world.
    about the video, maybe, it would have been more powerful without this music.

  21. yossariancomplex says:

    This is not art. Nothing about it is art. It is some people pooring black stuff onto the floor pretensiously- bloody rediclous. I hate BP, but now I hate these twats too (unless they cleared up afer themselves) It’s haenous littering and very badly orchistrated propaganda.

  22. MoonieCiel says:

    Just like in real life, BP won’t truely have to deal with the after effects of this spill either.

  23. pxyzyzygy says:

    Also, Harry/carboncryer, if you go have a look at the artnotoil website, they’re claiming that it wasn’t molasses after all, but oil…

  24. pxyzyzygy says:

    You are so right, Karenio, and you have inspired me to… well, to what precisely? BP have never yet acted on any protest about their scumbag behaviour anywhere else in the world, what makes you think anything, including a shower of dweebs making a bit of a mess, will make them, or for that matter the Tate, sit up and listen now?

    A pointless act, far from powerful – or, carboncryer, stunning, dignified or beautiful – that’s caused no harm to BP, at all.

  25. KarenioArdilla says:

    @pxyzyzygy nad @LordManley It’s a symbolic act! That is what makes it so powerfull! Of course BP executives are not the ones going to clean this spill (or the one in the ocean, for that mather) but it makes a very strong point on how art and artist, and all parts of society should take a moral stand and reject any kind of money or sponsorship coming from companies such as BP.

    Wonderfully executed. Congratulations to the group of artists who created it.

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