OilScapes

Conversation Piece by Zeigam Azizov

 

Sticking on the theme of Oil, the exhibition OilScapes opens tomorrow at Aberdeen’s Peacock Visual Arts center.

The exhibition explores connections between oil, geopolitics and visual culture with particular emphasis on connections between human mobility and the natural environment.

OilScapes exhibits the work of five international artists – Zeigam Azizov, Peter Fend, Melik Ohanian, Aga Ousseinov and Owen Logan; also featuring an audio collage, with voices from the University of Aberdeen’s Lives in the Oil Industry oral history archive. The exhibition was curated by Janet Stewart of University of Aberdeen’s Film & Visual Culture Department in collaboration with the London-based artist Zeigam Azizov and Peacock Visual Arts (21 September – October 2012) more info

OilScapes/Film, presents a series of documentaries and artists’ films accompanying the OilScapes exhibition more info

OilScapes/Film delves into artistic responses to the ecology of oil, exploring the connections and disjunctions between (human) mobility and the (natural) environment as they are shaped by the global oil industry.

From the Cromarty Firth to small-town Pennsylvania, from Oil Rocks (Stalin’s city of oil rigs built in the Caspian Sea) to the building sites of Dubai, these works bear testimony to the cross-circulation of oil imagery that makes connections between disparate locations and across time. Many of these works also reflect on their own materiality as it relates to oil, meditating on questions of sustainability, decay and entropy, and so attending to the ecology of images.

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