Guerilla gardeners
Plus clay animation with a political message in Lebanon and US slam poetry.
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2009 13:40 GMT

In this week's Artsworld Sukina Abdul Noor and Muneera Rashida from the hip hop group Poetic Pilgrimage give their take on London's culture scene.

Richard Reynolds began planting flowers secretly at night outside his tower block in London.

He is now part of a growing global movement committed to combating the forces of neglect, land shortage and apathy towards public spaces.

Guerilla gardeners are activists who plan 'troop digs', the illicit cultivation of plants and flowers in the urban metropolis.

This is art with a horticultural twist mixed with guerilla activity - since technically what the guerilla gardeners do is illegal and constitutes "criminal damage".

Lost boy of Sudan

In 1987, when he was just 10 years old, Cola Bilkuei was forcibly recruited as a child soldier by the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA).

He fled Sudan and walked to South Africa. After a 14-year journey, mostly on foot, Cola arrived in Australia.

He has now become a published author, song writer, respected DJ and Sudanese youth advocate.

Part two

Lebanese clay animation

Syrian artist Lina Ghaibeh and Beirut's award-winning animator Jad Khoury are pioneers of clay animation.

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They use the art form to send humorous but biting social and political messages to their Lebanese audience, dealing with issues from landmine awareness to the pitfalls of excessive cosmetic surgery, and from the peace process with Syria to the ecological impact of littering.

Their work is notable for the nuance of their distinctly Lebanese settings and characters. Their characters play off the diverse economic status, dress, social habits and accents of the country's population.

The slam poets' society

Finally slam poetry is rhythmic performance street poetry born out of Southside Chicago.

Artsworld went to the US to meet the man who pioneered this form of expression.

This episode of Artsworld airs from Monday, June 1 and can be seen at the following times GMT: Monday: 0530, 1130; Tuesday: 0130, 1400, 2330; Wednesday: 1630; Thursday: 1430; Friday: 0600; Saturday: 1930; Sunday: 1030.

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