Petro East

Digital Petrosalon on the presence and history of oil extraction and petroculture in Western-Sibiria and the post-soviet sphere

Conceived of and organized by Beauty of Oil in cooperation with Oxana Timofeeva and the research group “Imaginary Anthropocene: environmental knowledge production and transfers in Siberia in the XX-XXI centuries“ at the Center “Human, Nature, Technology” of Tyumen University and Goethe Institute Novosibirsk.

Participants: Evgeny Gololobov, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Vice-Rector for Research, Surgut State Pedagogical University. Fedor Korandey, Senior Researcher, Laboratory of Historical Geography and Regional Studies, Tyumen State University. Alexander Sorokin, head of Department of Russian History, Head of Research Center “Human, Environment & Technology”, University of Tyumen. Igor Stas, Senior Research Fellow, Laboratory of Historical Geography and Regional Studies, and investigator of the project “Imaginary Anthropocene: environmental knowledge production and transfers in Siberia in the XX-XXI centuries”, Tyumen State University. Oxana Timofeeva, Professor and Leading Researcher at Department of Sociology and Philosophy, European University of St. Petersburg, founding member of the project “Imaginary Anthropocene: environmental knowledge production and transfers in Siberia in the XX-XXI centuries”, Igor Chubarov, Professor of Philosophy at Tjumen State University. Per Brandt. Director of Goethe-Institute Novosbirsk, Alexander Klose, Beauty of Oil, Benjamin Steininger, Beauty of Oil, And students of Tyumen State University.

Programme
Per Brandt: Opening
Alexander Klose, Benjamin Steininger: Introduction
Fedor Korandey: And the Fourth will not be… How the Tyumen Oil region has become “the Third Baku”
Eugene Gololobow: Oil in cultural life Surgut 60ies 70ies 80ies
Ilya Kalinin: Soviet Oil and Russian Cosmism
Igor Stas: Oil cities in the Russian Arctic (based on materials from the West Siberian sector of the Arctic)
Benjamin Steininger: Oil history of Austria
Alexander Klose: Druschba
General Discussion

Event in English and Russian, Wed Dec 2, 12 – 3 pm CET on Zoom.

Нефть – это полезное ископаемое мирового значения. Двигатель внутреннего сгорания, самолет, пластмасса и синтетические удобрения уже стали частью мировой истории в контексте любой общественно-политической системы. По сути, весь переход нашей планеты в эпоху Антропоцена напрямую связан с использованием ископаемого топлива. В то же время глобальный масштаб приобрели и экологические проблемы, которые вынуждают человечество искать альтернативы углеводородам.

Тем не менее, исторический опыт добычи и использования нефти различается от региона к региону. Равно как и «модерн» – определение исторической эпохи, – «петромодернизм» не является унифицированным понятием. Нефть играет разную роль в капиталистической и социалистической экономических системах, в нефтедобывающих и нефтеперерабатывающих странах, в странах Запада и странах Востока, в Арктике и в Европе. И именно сейчас, когда мир начинает развитие в направлении отказа от ископаемых источников энергии, важно учесть все перечисленные перспективы для формирования комплексного представления о значении этой эпохи.

Plankton and drill head – digital revue and image amplified discursive event on Norway’s petromodern past, presence and future(s)

A collaboration with Kunsthall Trondheim and Goethe-Institut Oslo.

November 5 2020, 7 – 9pm at Kunsthall Trondheim and online.

To participate online (via zoom) click here.

Proposal for 500-krone-note by Ellen Karin Mæhlum, from: Norges Bank, Forslag til motiver på ny seddelserie. Norges ny seddelserie: Havet, 2014.

In a musée imaginaire of the Norwegian history of extraction, a competition published by the Bank of Norway in 2014, calling for a new banknote design, could play a central role. The submitted sketches depict Norway as a land oriented towards the sea, in which the sea is simultaneously understood as an elementary space, a space of extraction and a molecular space of microorganisms and chemical compounds.

One of the unrealised banknote designs contrasts the natural form of a paleohistorical plankton particle that was part of oil formation with the technical shape of a drill head used for oil exploration. It is a complementary image of the molecular essence of oil technology and the opening up of natural history as a source of economic wealth by technological means. It may indeed be an image for the way Norway has approached its own petrol age.

Since the 1970s, Norway has been one of the most successful oil and gas extraction countries worldwide. Apart from other extraction countries, the depletion of fossil resources was anticipated before explorations began, giving rise to the notion of a sustainable post-oil future. Yet, the energetical base of fossil modernity on which Norway has built its social-democratic prosperity has become increasingly problematic. While the country has moved towards more sustainable means of energy production, it has not stopped its oil and gas extraction. New oil and gas fields are opening up and widening the area of exploration as far as the Arctic. The end of oil is being postponed, or so it seems. At the same time, Norway decidedly moves towards a post-fossil future by banning combustion engines on its own terrain and positioning itself as the sustainable“battery for Europe” thanks to its large reservoirs of hydro power.

We are witnessing a move from fishing to industrial whaling to oil extraction to hydrotechnology and back—and all at the same time. This event will focus from a petrocultural-comparative perspective on questions such as: How does Norwegian society cope with these ambivalent moves? How does it culturally represent its petromodern legacy? What are the grand narratives that were established to lead Norway into petromodernity and beyond? Have they changed?

Exkursion ins Ölviertel und Petrosalon im MuseumsQuartier Wien 3/2018

Die Erforschung der Geschichte von Öl und Gas in Österreich ist seit langem einer der lokalen Schwerpunkte unserer Arbeit (http://www.rohstoff-geschichte.at). Anlässlich einer residency von Bernd Hopfengärtner am MuseumsQuartier Wien präsentieren wir neue Überlegungen aus einer Exkursion zum charmant baufälligen Erdölmuseum Neusiedl/Zaya (Gebäudeinschrift: “Wein-Öl-Brot”, herzlicher Dank an Kurt Keller für die sehr informative Führung!), ins Ölfeld Gaiselberg sowie zur Raffinerie Schwechat in einem abendlichen Petrosalon.

»Beauty of Oil (Bernd Hopfengärtner, Alexander Klose, Benjamin Steininger) lädt ein.
Es gibt einige Proben aus unserer aktuellen Arbeit, Gespräche und Diskussionen bei einem Glas »Aral on the Rocks« , Gaiselberger Südhang (Wein vom Winzer direkt aus dem Ölfeld) und anderen Getränken und Snacks. Es kommen Freunde und Kritikerinnen des Öls und des Nachdenkens über Öl.

Ort: Q21 Museumsquartier / Hof 7 / Artist-in-Residence Studio 513
Zeit: Drinks ab 19:30 Uhr, Präsentation ab 20:30 Uhr«

Überlegungen aus der Exkursion nach Schwechat werden auch im Artikel ‘Petromoderne Petromonströs’ präsentiert, download hier