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The Researchers

"PLATFORM is part of the art of the 21st Century taking place in the last decade of the 20th Century"

Since 1984 PLATFORM has established itself as one of Europe's leading exponents of social practice art, combining the talents of artists, scientists, activists and economists to work across disciplines on issues of social and environmental justice. Its projects have been recognised for their innovation and imagination not just in Britain but internationally - over recent months it has made major presentation of its work in Yugoslavia, Canada and the U.S.A. Since 1996 it has been working on its most ambitious project to date - 90% CRUDE - focussing on the culture and impact of Transnational Corporations, with particular reference to London.

PLATFORM gives a presentation on: "New Models for Working with Audiences"
1. The Community of Place. Ways of exploring any city on an ecological basis ( its own bio-region). Ways of exploring a city as a patchwork of communities.
2. The Community of Interest How to make work that responds to specific audiences eg. environmentalists, corporate employees. New interdisciplinary methodologies - eg.artists working with economists on oil industry.
3. The Community of the Dead and Unborn Linking living generations to the past and future, especially with regard to environmental work.

Colleen Scott, editor, writer, lecturer, Amsterdam
In the early summer of 1997 Colleen Scott spent several weeks in South Africa following the work of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She has published several articles and essays on that theme and given lectures. She is presently working on a book on the application od reconciliation in "societies in transition". " Intrigued by a theme of some of Peter Sellars' old lectures that "the arts must promote reconciliation," I decided to investigate how that might be accomplished. My understanding of theatre is dependant on Aristotele's maxim that narrativity is the center of dramatic art, and that conflict is the soul of narrativity. To make a longer story very short, conflict is built out of a chain of cause and effect, of action and reaction on the part of the characters in any given dramatic expression. And although conflict must be resolved (in classic dramatic form) I've seldom read or seen artistic expression of conflict solved through reconciliation. I am now more concerned with how the concepts of reconciliation may be applied by people in daily life, and in political action. My concern is now the attempt to redefine the concept of justice, and to develop ways in which the human need for revenge, and vengeance, may be addressed without bloodshed.