Museum of Oil

A project by Territorial Agency and Greenpeace
ZKM Karlsruhe
Reset Modernity!
15 April – 21 August 2016

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We shall need to keep oil in the ground.
The difficult, growing and expanding understanding of the human impacts on the earth system, leads to a simple gesture, a simple intimation. Keep oil in the ground. Of course, this intimation seems to many unattainable. Firstly, who should keep it in the ground? We, or why not them?

We shall need to keep oil in the ground, yet it is the very core of our world and our economy. If we would keep it in the ground, our lives would need to change radically. Our institutions would need to be rethought.

The Museum of Oil is a new institution in the making. It is set amidst the making of the major knowledge event of our time, the di cult and unfolding capacity to understand the transformations of the Earth, and it is amidst the making of a new eld of work, research, projects and activism. Its aims are direct: to put the oil industry in the museum. To make it a thing of the past.

To make sure that oil is kept in the ground, the Museum of Oil outlines and registers how the oil industry has stretched itself so far that its territories have become fragile and untenable. They are violent, environmentally disruptive, and economically unstable.

The Museum of Oil collects information, items, objects, data, about the different ways through which we have come closer to the decisions (it will have to be many) to keep oil in the ground, halting its combustive so-called development sprees. It portrays in detail the forms of the territories shaped by oil, indicating the main elements for the complex negotiations to disentangle ourselves from it and make it a thing of the past and design an open future.



A project by Territorial Agency / John Palmesino, Ann-Sofi Rönnskog and Greenpeace

A first exhibition is on display at ZKM | Karlsruhe, in the ambit of GLOBALE and Reset Modernity! organised by Bruno Latour, AIME.

With the support of Greenpeace Environmental Trust, and the Istanbul Design Biennale