Owen Wells

Who Owns The Arctic

The Arctic is home to the world’s largest untapped gas reserves, 13% of the world’s remaining oil and vast mineral deposits. These commodities have opened up the Arctic to corporate profiteering and the potential geopolitical tension caused by unresolved sovereignty claims. 

Through an examination of the weaknesses of systems subversion can be seen as a form of critique – a deceitful narration of legitimate practices. With the help of several members of my own family who offered specific expertise, I have planned 4 subversive financial enterprises for the arctic. Each seeks to exploit the unique infrastructure, ecology, and legal ambiguity of the region to provide devious financial rewards. The project takes the form of scenes, maps and equipment. Through their planning, these schemes identify and expose the legitimate systems set to exploit the Arctic.