Breakdown Break Down: Culture Carrying Us into a Post-Oil World

Posted by on May 20, 2015
Breakdown Break Down: Culture Carrying Us into a Post-Oil World

Image Credit: Edward Burtynsky

Breakdown Break Down is a new artist collective devoted to developing post-oil culture. Their account of petrosubjectivity is especially worth a look.

“How do we individually and collectively de-industrialize our sense of self and place?

“Breakdown Break Down is a long term effort to organize cultural workers, artists, activists, and those interested in surviving climate breakdown, to de-industrialize our sense of self and produce the civil society that will help us endure ecological collapse.

“The global culture that made oil use all pervasive in our lives has stripped us of much more than functioning eco systems, glorious biodiversity and the hope of surviving the next 100,000 years of the sweltering impact of our arrogance. Our human potentials, capacities, complexities, our wild potentials have equally been dulled and stripped from us leaving us as sick as the landscapes we inhabit.

“We are interested in asking questions that are not being asked about what has been lost with climate breakdown. We work to take apart the dominant culture and ideology that is generated by the consumption of oil and the resulting breakdown of our climate. We are cultural workers who are struggling for a post-oil aesthetics and ontology.