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09.07.20206-8 pm CET
Tavola: Risk, rights and coexisting voices of the Indian Ocean
Conceived and coordinated by Fiona Middleton, Pietro Consolandi and Christantus Begealawuh under the supervision of the two mentors Barbara Casavecchia and Louise Carver. With Territorial Agency, Markus Reymann, Daniela Zyman, and the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program.
08.07.20206-8 pm CET
Messy Studio: Frozen reserves, brown clouds, and dissolving wet deltas–Ecosystems in transformation along the Indian Ocean Gyre
Presentations by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam (artists and filmmakers); Himali Singh Soin (artist); Ravi Agarwal (artist researcher and activist); Debjani Bhattacharyya (historian); and Marina Tabassum (architect). With Territorial Agency, Markus Reymann, Daniela Zyman, and the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program.
25.06.20206-8 pm CET
Tavola: Ocean-Monsoons, Memory and Atlantic Movements
Conceived and coordinated by Jeanne Penjan Lassus (Ghost in the Field), Fiona Middleton, Pietro Consolandi and Joe Riley under the supervision of the two mentors Barbara Casavecchia and Louise Carver. With Territorial Agency, Markus Reymann, Daniela Zyman, and the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program.
24.06.20206-8 pm CET
Messy Studio: (Pan~)Atlantic Worlds
Presentations by Nabil Ahmed and Lazarus Tamana (Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP); Nchongayi Christantus Begealawuh and Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood; Daiara Figeroua Tukano; Donna Kukama; Jeremiah Ikongio. With Territorial Agency, Markus Reymann, Daniela Zyman, and the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program.
22.06.20206-8 pm CET
Messy Studio: Mid Atlantic
With Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Southern California. With Territorial Agency, Markus Reymann, Daniela Zyman, and the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program.
28.05.20206-8 pm CET
Tavola: Finding perspective. Looking through the waters of the North Atlantic
Industrialization on the Mediterranean coast and its archaeological landscapes
Organised by the participants of the 2020 Ocean Fellowship Program with Vicki Ferrini, seafloor scientist and geoinformaticist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, Territorial Agency, Daniela Zyman, Markus Reymann, Louise Carver and Barbara Casavecchia

08.06.20206-8 pm CET
Messy Studio: Ocean Day Special
With Jeremy Jackson, emeritus professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and senior scientist emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution.
05.06.20206-8 pm CET
Presentations by Jamie Allen, artist/researcher; Åsa Andersson, land activist from Kiruna; Louise Carver, critical geographer; Leah Gordon, photographer, filmmaker, curator, and writer; Brad Kahlhamer, artist; Damion “Skinny” Mckintosh, warden at Alligator Head Foundation, Jamaica; Claire Pentecost, artist and writer; and Brian Holmes, art and cultural critic.  
01.06.20206-8 pm CET
Messy Studio: The Gulf Stream
With Anne McClintock, Simone de Beauvoir Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
28.05.20206-8 pm CET
Tavola: Dirty Business & Sunken Lions inc.
Industrialization on the Mediterranean coast and its archaeological landscapes
Organised by the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program Pietro Consolandi, Elisa Giuliano, and Pietro Scammacca
22.05.20206-8 pm CET
Messy Studio: The "burning" of the Black Mediterranean
With Invernomuto, Alessandra Di Maio, Monika Halkort, Yusuf Haibeh Said, Territorial Agency, Markus Reymann, Daniela Zyman, the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program, and guests.
21.05.20206-8 pm CET
Messy Studio: Acqua Alta - The Rising Waters, second session
With Georg Umgiesser (ISMAR), Shaul Bassi (Ca Foscari University), Territorial Agency, Markus Reymann, Daniela Zyman, and the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program
20.05.20206-8 pm CET
Messy Studio: Acqua Alta - The Rising Waters, first session
With Nancy Knowlton (Smithsonian), Jane Da Mosto (We are Here Venice), Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Het Nieuwe Instituut), Territorial Agency, Markus Reymann, Daniela Zyman, and the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program
20.05.20205.30-6 pm CET
Live discussion with Territorial Agency, Markus Reymann, Daniela Zyman, and the participants of the Ocean Fellowship Program
20.05.20205-5.30 pm CET
Introduction to first trajectory, North Sea to Red Sea, by John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog
We shall need to keep oil in the ground
Museum of Oil

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.

Oil is power—energetic and political.

A vector of diffused and accumulated power, with leverage in both the day-to-day activities of the world-economy and in the political circuits and institutions of many national states.

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 difficult and unfolding capacity to understand the transformations of the Earth, and it is amidst the making of a new field 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.

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.

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.

A series of large-scale Earth Observation images outline territories wrought by the oil industry: the boreal forests of Canada cut through for oil prospecting, the European Arctic with oil spills both on and offshore, the shale fracking boom in the USA, West Africa and the depletion of the Niger Delta, the militarisation of the Middle Eastern supply chain.

They indicate 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.

Read More:

John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog—Territorial Agency, Radical Conservation, The Museum of Oil, in Bruno Latour (ed.), Reset Modernity! MIT Press, 2015

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With the support of:

ZKM Karlsruhe

Greenpeace
Greenpeace Environmental Trust