Nikiforuk, Andrew. Series: The Big Shift. Ed. David Beers. The Tyee. Vancouver, February 2013. Ongoing.
“Not If But When: Culture Beyond Oil.” Ed. Jo Clarke, Mel Evans, Hayley Newman, Kevin Smith, and Glen Tarman. London: Art Not Oil, Liberate Tate, & Platform London, December 2011. 96 pages.
In Invisible Oil, the artist Ernst Logar addresses the material petroleum and its importance as a basis of our modern civilization using the example of the Scottish petroleum metropolis Aberdeen. In the course of his work, the artist managed to get access to non public places of the North Sea based petroleum industry. The photographs taken and the correspondence with the petroleum companies, which are active there, are documented as well as the numerous artistic works developed and made of the material petroleum. These objects reflect our modern civilization’s dependency on petroleum and contemplate it in a haunting manner. The book also addresses the current economic and social situation of the oil-industry-dominated city of Aberdeen and possible problematic future scenarios.
Essays by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Karin Kneissl, Peter Troxler and Alejandra Rodríguez-Remedi examine the political and economic significance of oil as a resource, as well as the substantial changes in favour of sustainability that will be necessary in the future.