Oil Rigs from 2007’s Global Cooling series will be featured in an upcoming edition of Still Point Arts Quarterly, and included in Still Point Gallery‘s Group Exhibition June 1 – August 31.
Nature, including Man’s nature, proved to be
stronger than the force of rational thought.
Insight into the situation sometimes can only be gained from 30,000 feet as one sails serenely over the earth in a jet. There is time to think, to ponder, to understand.
A terrible grief envelopes one; a sense of loss over things that were and are not now. What we valued so dearly two hours ago has been taken down in a brief cataclysm.
Vortex destruction and re-creation seemed to follow no particular trajectory until seeing it from this perspective.”
These words I wrote in 2007 for the Global Cooling project. In this project, the future seemed certain: earth will be made uninhabitable by our current selfishness and insistence on individual rights over the rights of the many. Oil runs out; and today’s oil rigs become tomorrow’s makeshift cities. When this happens, the only thing to fear is…global cooling.
The last few art statements from Global Cooling were recently on view downtown at CANVS. They are part of a larger and more complex series of storylines about the Global Cooling future. Gullfax, Christina, Piq, Pizme, Jian, and other future personalities are part of this story about the not-too-distant future.
Gullfax, the beneficient, tall, fair-haired leader will unite the tribes living on the Fareg oil rig archipelago. His reign will last nearly fifty years. Gullfax will assemble the fragments of knowledge found on the different rigs, fragments in the form of books and hard drives, to form the first library of Global Cooling’s new era and the Gullfax School.
Piq will be born into the Petronius Collective, a smaller cluster of rigs known for their innovative accretion technology. Piq, however, a squat, beetlebrowed and pugnacious fighter, will turn this technology to war, electrifying steel mesh underwater, accreting calcium onto the mesh, and building a navy with which to attack other rigs.
And finally, the dark hero of the series, Andre Pizme. One of the last who remembers land, Pizme will teach physics in Tel Aviv before disappearing. Some say he will become a spy for Quaramita; others say Pizme will work for Piq. When he shows the lord of Sasanian Citymachine some of the forgotten unique properties of copper, helping prevent a war, he fades away. He will take refuge in Veslefrikk, but this lonely outpost will prove too dangerous for Pizme. He will spend much of his life trying to get home to Andarko.
An excerpt from “Ascending the Sasanian Citymachine”:
Dr. Andre Pizme was usually taken for a travelling machinist by those he encountered in the waterfront zone. Medium height, slightly built, his eyes were a perpetual squint. His tan face looked severe under short, dark hair, except for his unusually sensuous lips, which he often sucked in to make them appear thinner, less full. The safes, a heavy burden, were assumed to be toolkits. He didn’t care what they thought about him and they left him alone. The lawyers grumbling below did not look up as he grasped the yellow support strut, his hand sizzling from its hot surface in the glare of the western sky, augmented by its bright reflection in the waters of the port.”
Many thanks to Christine Cote and Shanti Arts for sharing Global Cooling in the Still Point Quarterly VII.