October 8, 2021

Guerilla artists light up the Perth night to say NO to Scarborough gas

8 October: Last night around 7pm, guerilla visual artists rolled projections on prominent city locations (Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas did want to light the place up). This was in advance of a sold out audio-visual performance from the 12-piece Selfless Orchestra on Friday night showcasing the Scarborough gas project to a live soundtrack on the old IMax screen at new venue Planet Royale.
The artists projected an entire short film documenting the destruction wrought on the ancient beauty of the Murujuga peninsular by the Scarborough gas project.
“Alyian”, the guerrilla artist responsible for tonight’s projection and a member of Selfless Orchestra, said: “We were given a wealth of powerful footage from activists and First Nation peoples of the destroyed rock art and industry of Burrup Pennisula – this needs to be seen. I use digital art to create viewing contexts to ensure these images are truly felt, be it projections onto city buildings at massive scale or during the live performance of my band Selfless Orchestra tomorrow night. Stories like the Scarborough Gas development are intentionally buried by traditional media and we will continue to shine our light on this issue to discourage any further investment into this diabolical project.”
Anthony Collins, a campaigner with 350 Perth and member of the ‘Say No to Scarborough gas’ alliance, said: “After the news that yet another infrastructure firm (Brookfield) has pulled out of investing in Scarborough gas, things are looking desperate for Woodside. Now public opposition is growing exponentially as more and more members of the WA community find out about the project.
“We have just spent a week at the Royal Show, telling people about Scarborough and the vast majority of people are appalled and want to know how to stop it. Even people in the oil and gas industry told us they didn’t want Scarborough to go ahead.
While Woodside appears to be a lost cause, doubling down on last century’s technologies, there is still hope that stakeholders such as BHP and Perdaman say no to Scarborough gas. No one wants these companies to be responsible for more destruction of the climate, the Murujuga rock art, or the habitats of endangered marine species. It is down to them to choose what side of history they want to be on.”