Plankton and Drill Head
This hybrid online and offline salon at Kunsthall Trondheim will discuss the ambivalences produced by fossil resource extraction for the Norwegian national narrative. Cultural theorists Alexander Klose and Benjamin Steininger will guide a conversation with invited participants, activating historical and contemporary film excerpts, exhibition programmes, advertisements, company anthems and design competitions. The aim of the event is to share knowledge and opinions from the fields of cultural theory, art, science and technology, both from Norway and abroad. Together, the participants will speculate on the technical, social and geographical position of Norway in the (post-)petromodern era.
This event will focus from a petrocultural-comparative perspective on questions such as: How does the Norwegian society cope with these ambivalent moves? How does it culturally represent its petromodern legacy? What are the grand narratives that were established to lead Norway into petromodernity and beyond? Have they changed?