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Chisomaga 7th report

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Published on Oct 10, 2010

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Thank God it's Friday, a beautiful autumn day in Münster.

I take my time for a walk through another part of the city; the
waterfront area which has changed in the last few years to a sort of a
bohemian side of the town full of clubs, art studios, and exhibition
space for the local artists.

I decide to visit one of the exhibitions.


(shout out)


I visit the gallery of Ruppe Kosellek. He is a very well known artist
and activist in Germany.

He wants to take over the British Petrolium Company commonly known as BP.

The idea seems crazy to me and so I take my time to talk to him about it.

He tells me that the idea came to him ten years ago while on his
holidays in Holland.

While playing with his daughter on the beach building sand castles he
noticed a strange black substance sticking to her daughter's toes.

After some inspection it turned out to be washed up oil residue.

After this he decided for ecological reasons to collect this oil
residue in plastic bags.

Later he found out that those responsible for this oil residue
pollution was the British Oil Company.

He decided to do something about it.

His plan was simple: he would use the oil residue found on the beach
to make pieces of art, sell them and with the profit he would buy
stock shares of the British Oil Company.

His plan is to become the highest share holder of BP in order to close
it down or to convert it to an environmentally friendly company.

Kosselek travels around the world collecting the oil waste from all
coasts and beaches polluted by BP.

He uses the raw material he brings home to make artworks and paintings.

He sells a wide range of art beginning at a modest two shares
equivalent of BP stock to very expensive paintings.

He tells me that the real motivation of his actions is to publicize
the ongoing pollution caused by oil companies all over the world.

The recent tragedy caused by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
brought a new meaning to his cause. It is not only the ongoing
pollution that is the biggest problem but also the obvious political
power of the Company which frightens Kossele and motivates him to
bring down big oil.

Now Kossele creates a piece of art right before my eyes: his creative
mind converts a normal bank note of one dollar into a dirty "petro"
dollar using the oil residue he scavenges from polluted beaches.

I will buy it for 50 Euro and now I am also contributing to fight oil
companies by using their own coin against them.

Chisomaga is staying with us for the next five weeks.

We decided to research if the quality of video reports made solely with a small photo camera would be enough for us to watch them without suffering.

The main problem is not the image, the picture but the sound. We decided to use only the sound recorded by this small camera.

(in this report we used a canon L11 to record the sound)

The reason to make this experiment is: if we would manage to prove that such reports can reach some minimum of quality then it would show that there are no limits for young people in Africa to produce such reports and share their stories with us.

Please support our project by giving us your attention; commenting and rating the video. Without your response it wouldn't be half the fun making them.

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