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Crude Oil Futures
2015

Crude Oil Futures is a kinetic sculpture part of the larger installation Cultivating Probability.
A large black metal dish makes short randomised movements. The black oil inside the dish is creating constantly changing mesmerising patterns and reflections.



Crude Oil Futures with a reflection of the video 'In Our Hands'.

Cultivating Probability is based on research into the way how people, in different times and cultures, try to predict and influence decision making processes and the future paths of specific situations. The sculptural objects part of Cultivating Probability speculate and unite attitudes and rituals from different cultures and periods of time into a kind of fictional anthropological display.

The sculptural objects part of Cultivating Probability speculate and unite attitudes and rituals from different cultures and periods of time into a kind of fictional anthropological display. The installation consists of a collection of diverse objects, which are spread throughout the exhibition space where some are susceptible to change and movement.

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Commissioned by: Global Imaginations, Museum de Lakenhal, University of Leiden and the Museum of World Cultures, Leiden, NL

Materials: pedestal, black painted metal dish, mechanics, black oil
Size: diameter of dish is 120 cm. by approx 25 cm. high

 


ARTEFACT 2017, The Act of Magic, Leuven, BE. Photo: Kristof Vrancken

"These installations seem to transfer a ‘primitive’ magical indeterminacy into a modern industrial processing that includes chemicals, metals and electricity. A little drama is staged in any act of magic or divination: the future that is supposed to be written and read is disproportionally larger than what the magician-artist with her instruments can read. The magician-artist can imagine figures of the future and map them out – as Claude Levi-Strauss would say – like a miniature that compensates for the small-scale diagram by providing ‘intelligible dimensions’." - from: 'Decommissioned Truths Marjolijn Dijkman’s Cultivating Probability' by Vlad Ionescu, 2017


Installation at Global Imaginations, Leiden, NL (2015)