Archiving Oil (as part of Museums Night)

16 May 2013, 6.00 PM - 16 May 2013, 6.00 PM

Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ
Oil Common Room

Archiving oil
Image by Neville Gabie

The Cabot Institute has created a structure through which researchers from all fields can contribute to inter-disciplinary dialogue and research under a common umbrella.

From the Cabot Institute, Artist in Residence Neville Gabie and  Cultural Geographer Merle Patchett, invite you to join them in Archiving Oil as part of the University of Bristol’s Museums at Night event - ‘Alight - The unexpected in the dark’ - in the Wills Memorial Building.

Of all substances what is more ubiquitous than oil.  Fossil fuels, oil in particular, have entirely shaped our evolution since the industrial age.  It touches every aspect of our lives, landscapes, economies and politics. It impacts in some way on every area of research within the Cabot Institute.  And yet it is almost unseen, or hidden away from curious eyes.

In an attempt to make oil’s presence more visible Neville and Merle will be installing a series of art works in the Geology Collection basement stores which archive the ways in which oil permeates and sediments itself within our research and wider worlds.  This will include the premiere of a series of short films Neville has created in response to the experimental scientific work of Cabot Institute researchers.

Come and join us on the 16 May, 6 pm - 10 pm,  to experience oil’s sticky presence within the University of Bristol whilst taking part in archiving oil’s permeations and permutations beyond it. 

This event is part of ‘Alight - The unexpected in the dark’ is free to attend and all are welcome.  No booking necessary.


More Information on Museums at Night at the Geology Collection University of Bristol:

‘Alight - The unexpected in the dark’

16 May 2013, 6 pm – 10 pm

Explore what comes to light in the collection stores and lay your hands on some extraordinary crystals and fossils. You can also join us underground for a tour of the basement collection where Cabot Institute artist-in-residence Neville Gabie is 'Archiving Oil'.

This is also a unique opportunity to enjoy a view across the city of Bristol by night as part of the Wills Memorial Tower Tours. Tours start at 6.30pm and 8.30pm and will take about 1 hour. Advance booking required.