Fracking Futures

Staged by artistic collective HeHe in 2013, FACT Liverpool’s main gallery was transformed into an experimental drilling site. As the exhibition name (Fracking Futures) suggests, HeHe focused on the multiplicity of negative side effects from fracking. Incorporating light, sound and image, the multi-sensory exhibit mimics a typical drilling site in appearance, albeit with more stylized touches: the viewer is exposed to subterranean noise, ground tremors, and the spray of diluted chemicals. Fracking Futures gives individuals the opportunity to explore their reaction to fossil fuel extraction technology as they explore the gallery space, stimulating a personal dialogue on the modern consumption economy and environmental catastrophe. Can such an artistic experience be accurate, and can it be unbiased? HeHe’s artists argue that their goal is not to be completely accurate, but rather to stimulate debate on technologies that supply significant amounts of fossil fuels, but whose mechanisms are rarely understood by the general public.


Ravilious, K. (2013). Fracking as art. New Scientist, 219(2928), 45.


See also:


Fracking Futures: Arts Catalyst. (2013, June 13). Retrieved from


Aesthetic/Leisure, Industry/Natural Commodities, Pollution, Psychology