Part of…Turning FACT Inside Out
In 2013, artistic engineers HeHe turned a gallery space into an experimental drilling site. The environment of the gallery was transformed into an industrial landscape where boreholes were drilled and waste chemicals were treated. HeHe had begun initial exploratory tests to extract shale gas through an innovative process known as fracking. Fracking is short for ‘hydraulic fracturing’, a process of extracting oil and gas by pumping a highly pressurised mixture of water, sand and chemicals underground. This opens fissures in subterranean rocks releasing the oil and gas trapped far below the earth’s surface.