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Of oil and origin

Caroline Doolin


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Caroline Doolin

Synopsis

'Of oil and origin is a narrated, digital video exploring the mediation of key geographical components and processes in petroleum formation and exploration. Unfolding over three chapters, the work adopts the format of a literary quest narrative wherein a 'space of oil' is journeyed towards from multiple perspectives. Whilst a quest narrative typically designates a location as the backdrop for the physical and psychological experiences of its characters, this work foregrounds the space itself, imagining its own experiences of time, formation, degradation and its on-going transformation through human retelling. Of oil and origin charts a journey from the Earth's subsurface, to surface and thenceforth to planetary and virtual realms. These spaces are relayed through several mediating forms - from primordial utterance, to geological classification and digital visualisation. The footage includes an open-rock borehole, core samples at the British Geological Survey, chalk cliffs in Dorset, and a 3D model of Saturn's moon Titan, which is thought to produce oil-bearing hydrocarbons by non-biological means. The soundtrack combines voiceover, sonar signals, the glugging voice of the oil, and ambient excerpts.'

(Sourced from private vimeo link on September 16th 2016)


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Title

Of oil and origin

Year

2015

Form

Short

Key phrases

text, science fiction, petroleum, geological time

Language

English

Duration

00:19:00

Original formats

16:9

Aspect ratio

16:9

Colour

Colour

Sound

Yes

Supported by Kildare County Council Arts Service, the Arts Council of Ireland and Visual Artists Ireland.
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