Within the ‘After the Forecast’ exhibition’s parallel programme, the Institute for the Humanities and Information Technologies (IGUMO) hosted an open talk with the artist and engineer Anna Mitereva. She featured her artworks at the exhibition. Students learned about oil extraction, objects made of oil, and the probable time of running out of that resource.
Anna Mitereva is an engineer who has been working in the oil and gas industry for over 15 years. She also took part in research projects at Gazprom, VNIIGAZ, and Skolkovo.
Some time ago, contemporary art became a part of Anna Mitereva’s life. The expert got supplementary artistic education and started participating in exhibition projects.
In her artworks, Anna Mitereva leans on her engineering background. She tries to get the best from both activities without giving up her first profession.
At an open talk with IGUMO students, the artist talked about the theory of the origin of oil and the process of its extraction. She also made a prediction about when oil will run out (and whether it will).
As emphasized by the expert, it is still unknown whether this resource is exhaustible. According to the biogenic theory, oil was formed from the remains of ancient organisms. That means that its reserves are limited. However, there is also an abiogenic theory of oil’s origin. According to it, oil comes from chemical compounds within the earth, i.e. it is renewable.
During her meeting with students, Anna Mitereva described briefly the processes of exploration of oil fields and oil production. In fact, they are extremely expensive. First, geologists get involved in them. Based on extensive research, they create maps with areas of possible oil deposits. After that, geophysicists use seismic surveys to explore these areas in even greater detail. Drilling rigs are set up in the locations with large amounts of oil.
As noted by Anna Mitereva, everyone regularly encounters oil in his or her daily life. It is used to make plastic objects, rubber, capron, coloured pencils, candles, and other objects.
At the end of the meeting, the expert shared her forecast on when oil will run out.
According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, we have enough oil for 59 years. However, if considering the reserves, the pace, and the volume of oil production in Russia, we can come to another number: 26 years. As noted by Anna Mitereva, the forecasts change almost every year. It is too early to draw clear conclusions.
IGUMO students saw demonstration samples of oil and learned that it can be not only black but also coloured. They also studied the rock formations from which oil is extracted.
You can see the works by Anna Mitereva at the IGUMO exhibition space within the ‘After the Forecast’ project.
Kristina Danilina, Agency for Relevant Communication students’ business incubator
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov