Drill, baby. Drill!
Jeremy Rifkin, the re-known economic theorist is not the first, or the only one,
to declare that “the fossil fuel–driven Industrial Age is sunsetting”.
His analysis though, still stands as one of the most thorough, applicable, popular and quite importantly,
a very constructive way to approach a subject that defines our contemporary societies.
It has been more than 160 years, since the first drilling rig started extracting petroleum,
much longer if we consider other forms of fossil fuel. All these years, major improvements have been made
but essentially the logic was the same throughout.
It seems that we are (getting) ready for our next roadblock, which is harnessing clean energy.
When the expanse of the latter is sufficient, hopefully not long from now,
most of the drilling rigs will gradually become redundant and a serious question will have to addressed:
What’s next for our leftovers?
Are they fully de-rigged or they find a different function?
Do they stand as monuments of a long forgotten era, the dark ages of energy production?
Or they contribute actively to our next milestone?
Taking on these questions and upcoming reflections, a series of artworks
display the current extend of operational oil rigs, on land or offshore, around the world.
An algorithm that generates indicative rig setups parametrically,
produces conglomerations that show the range of activity in the various oil fields.
The end compositions are created through a dual input
of hand-made gestures and computational techniques
working side by side towards a harmonious and proportional correspondence.
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