Oilscapes

Zeigam Azizov, Still from Conversation Piece

This weekend sees the opening of the OilScapes exhibition at Peacock Visual Arts, which I have curated together with Zeigam Azizov. The exhibition build is currently in progress, with Peter Fend‘s maps and models slowly taking position alongside the other works by Zeigam Azizov, Melik Ohanian, Owen Logan, and Aga Ousseinov – and my audio collage from the University of Aberdeen’s Lives in the Oil Industry oral history project.

Melik Ohanian, Hidden

All should be finished tomorrow evening, in time for Friday’s exhibition preview at Peacock Visual Arts (21st September, 6pm – 8pm).

On Saturday 22nd September, Peter Fend will be giving a public talk on where and how one can economically move beyond mineral-hydrocarbon industry, with a focus on the archipelago of Socotra. From discussions with him this week, it is clear that he will be working through some of the ideas explained in this short talk produced earlier this year:

Fend will be joined in discussion by Owen Logan and two of the University’s leading experts in Energy: Professor Andrew Hurst (Shell Chair in Production Geology) and Professor John Paterson (Co-Director of the Centre for Energy Law).

On Sunday 23rd September, the first film in the Oilscapes/Film series will be screened at 6pm at the Belmont Picturehouse. Josh Fox’s Gasland (2010) takes up the controversial practice of ‘fracking’ from a personal perspective. On being asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A nearby Pennsylvania town, where drilling has recently taken place, reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of ‘Gasland’, a challenging film that asks disconcerting questions about the connections between environment, mobility and industry.

For the full oilscapes programme: see http://www.peacockvisualarts.com/events/379/oilscapes

And to read the oilscapes catalogue: http://issuu.com/peacockvisarts/docs/oilscapes_publication_online_210912

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