PART 4: Empire of Oil (Virtual Reality Installation)

Ballhaus Ost, Berlin

With EMPIRE OF OIL, the Costa Compagnie in cooperation with the Ballhaus Ost starts a substantial inquiry into this most decisive resource: divided into three separate media and parts, the project circles the complex topic oil and looks into the two contrary countries of Norway and Iraq. The Scandinavian nation is a most vital supplier of oil and gas to Germany, while Northern Iraq – in turmoil over attempts of Kurdish independence – is a base for the German Forces and other allied troops to fight ISIS/DAESH and also contains one of the largest oil fields in the region. Does the powerful resource entail the potential for a social welfare utopia like Norway or does it lead to a never-ending war like in Iraq? What are the experiences of oil producers and oil workers and the people in their local context?

Premiere of the VR-installation on May 23, 2018 at Ballhaus Ost, parallel to PART 3 and online.

Video Erik Kundt, Felix Meyer-Christian

360°-video below:

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