Signal materialism and information embodiment illuminates invisible subject-hood formulation. A deep viewing of Crude Illumination reveals the complex relationship of petropolitics and climate change as a projected signal flow of decaying material technologies and western ideologies – in other words, a myth, a fiction, a haunting dance of ineffable light. As oil sublimates carbon dioxide into our environment, the cloud disperses information everywhere.
Crude Illumination argues for a signal materialism; a state of flow in which the spaces of human experience becomes a plural terrain of shifting dynamics shaped by visible and invisible material forces such as acoustic ecologies, signal transmission, microbial clouds, and a history of capital extraction and resource exploitation.
Crude Illumination traces the histories of commercial crude oil products, oil extraction narratives, projection technology genealogies, the porphyrin hydrocarbon and mysticism that implicates flows of oil addiction throughout ecological and cultural spaces over the past 150 years.