HOT SPOTS, by Karin Bergdolt, Elizabeth Monoian, and Ann Rosenthal

Nürnberg Hot Spots Office in an abandoned petrol station.

Artists: Karin Bergdolt, Elizabeth Monoian, and Ann Rosenthal


Year created: 2009 – on-going

Location: Various Cities: Munich, Germany; Pittsburgh, USA; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Materials: Abandoned petrol stations

What is the piece’s impact? They have held several events, many of them virtual, where people have the opportunity to consider the question “What comes after oil?” While they have taken over a few abandoned stations as offices, the focus is on imagining a future without oil – using a variety of methods to do so (poster presentation events, dioramas, video installations).

How does this project relate to this change as art? It’s main focus is on the current dominance of oil.  “Before change can occur, it must be imagined” is a quote from the home page of the HOT SPOTS initiative, and this sums up the role of art as a means to imagine a better, more resilient, future without oil. The work also tried to minimize it’s own carbon foot print, by making much of the work available digitally.

What makes this an artistic project? It was initiated by an artistic group, and funding comes largely from art funding agencies.

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