Oil Futures/Petrotextiles

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The Petrotextiles project is one of my contributions to the Visualizing the Invisible project. It is made up of a series of research papers and talks documenting the fraught relationship between textiles and oil.

So far, this project has been awarded the 2016 Annette Kolodny Prize for Culture and the Environment, the 2015 Yasuo Sakakibara Prize, and the 2012 Textile Society of America Founding Presidents Award.


The first paper, Oil Futures/Petrotextiles, can be read here. It was published here:

“Oil Futures/Petrotextiles” In Petrocultures. Sheena Wilson and Imre Szeman, eds. McGill-Queen’s University Press. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017, pp. 242-63.

Presentations of this research have been made in the following invited talks:

Subtle Technologies, Toronto, May 2016

Sensorium, York University, September 2014

San Francisco Art Institute, April 2014

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, October 2013

And the following conferences:

American Studies Association, Toronto, October 2015

Textile Society of America Conference, Washington D.C., September 2012

Petrocultures, Edmonton, September 2012

About Kirsty Robertson

Kirsty Robertson is Associate Professor of contemporary art and Director of museum and curatorial studies at Western University, Canada.

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