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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

at the Creative Corner Café, 14 Milton Grove, Whalley Range, Manchester M16 0BP, UK
a part of 
Chorlton Arts Festival.  Admission free.

'Buy This (v3)' installation - Thursday 17-Saturday 19th May 2012, 10am-7pm except Friday to 9.30pm

'Running Order' live performance - only on Friday 18th May 2012, 7.30-8.30pm.

Running Order performance (Passenger 10)
a Virtual Migrants performance by artists Tracey Zengeni, Sai Murai, Razia Mohamed, Aidan Jolly, Tanha Mehrzad and Kooj Chuhan
Connecting the climate with US wars, UK policing and the refugee experience is a challenge for aspiring radio presenter Amira.  A semi-improvised performance full of songs and poetry from contrasting geographies including Zimbabwe, Iran and the UK, performed in dialogue with the audience and accompanying the ‘Buy This’ video installation. 'Running Order' is the latest in the ‘Passenger’ series of events, involving the installation as an integral component.
7.30pm, Friday 18th May.
Admission free - come early to be sure of a seat

Buy This (v3) video installation 
a Virtual Migrants video installation led by artist Kooj Chuhan
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.

Thurs 17th–Sat 19th May 2012, 10am-7pm on Thursday and Saturday, 10am-9.30pm on Friday 18th.



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.





A quote from Wangari Maathai as follows:


Wangari Maathai on Climate Change:
"Africa is the continent that will be hit hardest by climate change. Unpredictable rains and floods, prolonged droughts, subsequent crop failures and rapid desertification, among other signs of global warming, have in fact already begun to change the face of Africa.

The continent's poor and vulnerable will be particularly hit by the effects of rising temperatures and, in some parts of the continent, temperatures have been rising twice as fast as in the rest of the world.

In wealthy countries, the looming climate crisis is a matter of concern, as it will affect both the wellbeing of economies and people's lives. In Africa, however, a region that has hardly contributed to climate change, its greenhouse gas emissions are negligible when compared with the industrialized worlds; it will be a matter of life and death.

Therefore, Africa must not remain silent in the face of the realities of climate change and its causes. African leaders and civil society must be involved in global decision-making about how to address the climate crisis in ways that are both effective and equitable.

We have a responsibility to protect the rights of generations, of all species, that cannot speak for themselves today. The global challenge of climate change requires that we ask no less of our leaders, or ourselves."