-162°C, 450kg/m³ – Fossil Energy, Fragile Futures

Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven

Curated by Lena Johanna Reisner

For overseas transportation, natural gas must be cooled down to -162°C, liquefied and compressed to a density of 450kg/m³. The different materials and substances that play a role in energy production stand front and centre in the exhibition -162°C, 450kg/m³ – Fossil Energy, Fragile Futures. It explores ongoing dependence on fossil fuels, environmental devastation, and the urgent question of securing a liveable future for everyone.

Wilhelmshaven is currently a locus of German “energy security”, which is being tackled at an unprecedented speed labelled Deutschlandgeschwindigkeit. It was here that, in 2022, Germany’s first terminal for importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) opened, and thus far it has been receiving shipments primarily from the US. This LNG terminal forms the prelude to a series of infrastructure projects intended to turn the region into a future energy hub. These are accompanied by massive incursions into the local environment and ecosystems, parts of which are protected by conservation law.

Artists: Ayọ̀ Akínwándé, Ana Alenso, Andrew Castrucci, Marjolijn Dijkman, Pélagie Gbaguidi, Sonja Hornung & Daniele Tognozzi, Pepa Ivanova, Susanne Kriemann, Bram Kuypers, Rachel O’Reilly, Oliver Ressler, Miriam Sentler und Joel Sherwood Spring