绿色纸和素描纸上彩色铅笔,马克笔, A4和A3尺寸,共25张 , 16cm 口径镀锌铁管, 尺寸可变 / color pencil, marker on green colored paper and sketch paper, A4 and A3, 25 pieces in total, 16cm Galvanized iron pipes, Variable size

油页岩作为一种非常规的化石能源在近年来被越来越多地讨论。先是美国依靠“水力压裂技术”实现了本土石油产量的大幅飙升,接着是中石化取得页岩气勘探开发的技术突破,使得中国成为世界第三页岩气产量大国。然而油页岩并不是一种新型化石能源,在爱沙尼亚开采油页岩的历史已有一个世纪,是当地能源的支柱,所有系统的基础。然而,从油页岩中提取页岩油和气在经济和环境影响方面比传统原油的生产成本更高,但是它能为大约1%的人口提供就业机会,并且使爱沙尼亚的能源生产独立而不依赖其他国家。

于此同时,在加密电子货币疯长的过程中吸引了大批“矿工”投入到“挖矿”热潮。加密电子货币对能源的需求也很大,庞大的“矿山”所采用的机械系统主要来自中国。我通过在爱沙尼亚的在地调查,尝试去探讨油页岩这种不可再生的矿物转化成虚拟价值的过程。

As an unconventional fossil fuel, oil shale has been increasingly discussed in recent years. First, the United States relied on “Hydraulic fracturing” to achieve a sharp increase in local oil production, followed by Sinopec obtained a technical breakthrough in shale gas exploration and development, making China the world’s third largest shale gas production. However, oil shale is not a new type of fossil energy. In Estonia, the history of oil shale mining has been a century. Oil shale is the backbone of local energy and foundation of all systems. However, extracting shale oil and gas from oil shale is more costly than the production of conventional crude oil both financially and in terms of its environmental impact, but it can provide employment opportunities for about 1% of the population and make Estonia’s energy production independent without dependence on other countries.

At the same time, in the process of encrypting e-currency madness, a large number of “miners” have been attracted and involved in the “Bitcoin mining” boom. Encrypted electronic currency also has a large demand for energy. The mechanical systems which have been used in the huge “mines” are mainly from China. Though the investigation in Estonia, I try to explore the process of converting oil shale, a non-renewable mineral, into a virtual value.

《从石头到虚拟价值》,2019,展览现场,Hobusepea Gallery, 塔林 / From stone to virtual value, 2019, exhibition view, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn