To guard beforehand: conservation, the main activity of museums is a complex set of procedures to maintain and protect elements of specific interest, and to warn about their value and the consequences of their loss. It is an activity radically engaged with the future: it constantly reminds us of the possibility of future corruption, dismemberment and collapse.
It is in many ways a territorial practice: to warn off, to establish demarcations and to deter. ‘Terrere’: territory is a concept enveloped in notions of terror, fright, where the procedures to hold onto the elements that we value and that sustain our lives are made explicit.
Four large-scale Earth Observation images outline territories wrought by oil
in North America—from the Mississippi Delta cut across from oil, to the the fracking shale boom North-South axis, to the boreal forests of Canada dissected for oil prospecting, intersecting in Chicago
the complex supply chain constellated by refineries and pipelines.
They outline a cross section of oil in America.
They indicate the main elements for the complex negotiations to disentangle ourselves from oil and keep it in the ground.
To make oil a thing of the past and design an open future.