HeHe recreated in miniature, a performance of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster that took place on the Deep Water Horizon oil rig, which exploded and sunk causing the largest off shore oil spill in US history, in the water of Jesus Green Lido, Cambridge, UK as part of the Cambridge Science Festival on 17th March 2011.
This performance which was commissioned by Invisible Dust as part of Invisible Breath highlighted our ever dangerous need to exploit and burn oil and the consequences for our environment and health. The artwork was devised whilst Hehe were artists in residence with Professor Peter Brimblecombe, Atmospheric Chemist at the University of East Anglia. Deep Water Horizon caused the largest ever recorded marine oil spill causing immense damage to ocean and coastal wildlife habitats.
The performance was awarded an honorary mention at Ars Electronica Festival 2011, Austria in the Hybrid Art prize category, one of the most important awards in the field of digital media and was shown there on 2nd September 2011.
HeHe said ‘ the drama was highly televised, but waves calmed down and many people can’t even remember the name of the oil drilling platform. When we visited the site of the Lido, we immediately felt that this is a perfect site for the recreation of the Deep Water Horizon catastrophe, not only because of the “Deep Water” signage on the pool edge, but for its magical, mysterious setting’.
‘Is there a horizon in the deep water’ was covered on a BBC Look East news bulletin with filming of a performance and interviews on 17th March 2011 and by Jessica lack’s Guardian article.
Please see a video of the artwork on vimeo.
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