Petrolio (Assemblaggio n1)

Video: Nadja Krüger

A poetic machine that drips oil and tries to burn it. It produces, along with smoke and smell, the waste of oil and electricity. The latter energy is used to waste the former, and wastes itself as well. Electricity maintains its characteristic invisibility, and is overshadowed by the presence of oil, with its unpleasant byproducts. The machine is a paraphrase of energy consumption and production: a certain amount has to be wasted in order to create more of it. Oil and electricity could be seen as the symbols of our society: like ancient rituals, an amount of the most valuable goods are sacrificed, brought to the altar of progress and consumerism.