[NetBehaviour] Artleaks | US artwork that angered energy industry pulled.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Nov 16 18:33:59 CET 2012
Artleaks | US artwork that angered energy industry pulled.
via Kevin Smith /Platform & Index on Censorship
A controversial climate change sculpture was removed after it upset
donors from the energy industry in the US. Kevin Smith asks whether
corporate sponsorship by companies like BP and Shell has an affect on
artistic freedom in the UK.
It’s hardly breaking news that big fossil fuel companies often exert a
great deal of influence over political processes through campaign
contributions and lobbying. On 13 September, the New York Times, for
example, reported that, with nearly two months to go before Election Day
on 6 November, estimated spending on television ads promoting coal and
more oil and gas drilling or criticising clean energy had exceeded $153
million this year. But how do the oil, gas and mining industries exert
influence over the cultural sector? A recent American example is
instructive, demonstrating how this influence can lead to institutions
buckling under political pressure, censoring art and lying to the public.
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