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Our society is founded on the movement of oil. Millions of barrels are pumped through pipelines every day to make our lifestyles possible. Logar challenges us to discover how we see ourselves in a mirror which brings together the political, economic and social implications of this movement. The commodities that we have created, subsequently, create us because they govern the ways we live in ways we are rarely empowered to see. ‘Reflecting Oil’ makes crude oil and its symbolic movement visible. The idea of movement must be understood literally (that is, the motion making up the different stages involved in the industrialization of oil), as well as symbolically, in terms of the industrial intention to act and control.

Dennoch ist es möglich, „symbolische Aktionsformen zu erfinden, die uns von unseren ewigen Repetitionen“ befreien (Bourdieu und Haacke 1995, S. 27). Es gibt Alternativen zur „Geschichte Ernst Logar’s Invisible Oill makes visible in a unified system many variables at play in the oil industry and its relationship with the city of Aberdeen, in order to unmask hidden but overarching power. It also makes explicit the unconscious dimension of our cultural constructs and, more specifically, of the processes constituting the oil industry.

Reflecting Oil’ makes crude oil and its symbolic movement visible. The idea of movement must be understood literally (that is, the motion making up the different stages involved in the industrialization of oil), as well as symbolically, in terms of the industrial intention to act and control. The notion of movement conveyed by ‘Reflecting Oil’ gives a distinctive dynamism to the entire exhibition, in the sense that all the processes Logar unveils depend upon it. Simulationsraum | Simulation room Der Künstler als Motor eines kritischen Rohstoffbewusstseins The artist as an agent g of p petroconscientization Das Unvermögen, sich in die Erfahrung eines anderen einzufühlen (Einfühlung kann die Tür zum Verständnis öffnen), wird teils durch das, was ich „selektive Realität“ nenne, verursacht, durch das enge Realitätsspektrum, das Menschen auswählen oder zu sehen bereit sind und/oder das ihre Kultur für sie zum „Sehen auswählt“.

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