Small Global - #3 Extreme Energy

Small Global is an interactive video installation with surround sound that translates data about global interdependence, consumption and its environmental costs into an immersive environment. Multiple layers of transparent screens create an invisible cube of projected images, with the projections echoing onto the walls, ceiling and floor of the space. Members of the audience can walk around and inside the cube, their bodies becoming part of the projection surfaces. Surround sound immerses the space, and interaction sensors allow visitors to reveal visual information with their presence.

This third module explores ‘Extreme Energy’, the process by which energy extraction grows more intense over time. These increasingly desperate measures include the exploitation of unconventional fuels, through tar sands open-cast mining and hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ for shale gas. The extreme energy process is driven by unsustainable fossil fuel consumption and is particularly alarming because of the looming threat of climate change. Extreme Energy has been developed in collaboration with the School of Advanced Study, University of London and funded by the Arts Council England.