09 Mar Art Exhibition

The Petrocultures Art Exhibition will take place at Art Gallery @ 501 in Sherwood Park, Alberta (#120, 501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park, Alberta). The exhibit will run from August 28-September 8, 2012. This exhibit is being curated by Maria Whiteman (Assistant Professor, Art & Design, University of Alberta) and will include work from local, regional and international artists. The name of the exhibit is “Oil and Water” and will probe the circumstances of oil production in Alberta from a variety of perspectives.

The opening event will take place on Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm.

8:00pm: Keynote #1: Ursula Biemann , Video Artist, Switzerland: “Black Sea Files: Artistic Practice in the Field”

Biemann’s lecture elaborates on Black Sea Files, a video essay based on a territorial research investigating the transformations activated by a new transnational infrastructure, the BTC oil pipeline, which pumps the Caspian Crude from Baku  to the Mediterranean Sea via the Caucasus. The pipeline is a geo-strategic project of some political impact, not only for the powerful players in the region, but also for a great number of locals: farmers, oil workers, migrants, prostitutes. These are the subjects who make their appearance in the video, turning the technological adventure of the pipeline project into a complex human geography. The project reads migration, and the displacement of people, not as an isolated phenomenon but in connection with the flow of resources, capital and images.
More information on Biemann’s previous and on-going work can be found at: www.geobodies.org