ARxhibiT is a pop-up augmented reality exhibition format based on open WebVR technologies: No app installs, no proprietary licenses - just scan the QR code or pop in the URL, and you are ready to go and hit the markers.

Petro/cultures / Petro$culptures is its first show. It features a virtual sculpture garden full of art histories’ classics blinded by their culture’s addiction to fossil fuels (and other hazardous material).

The science of global warming caused by burning fossil fuel is settled for nearly half a century, but that hasn’t kept our society from burning through megatonnes of oil, gas, and coal.

We know who is responsible. We still blindly follow our leaders along, stumbling like drug addicts on their way to the dealers. The difference to drugs is We - at least try to - put the drug lords and dealers in prison, while our oil lords continue to make politics and enormous profits. Meanwhile, we know it’s is just 100 companies that are directly responsible for 71% of all cumulative greenhouse gas emissions since 1981.

We know it is a social and not a technological problem. Those who cause the mess are also the most capable of adapting, migrating, and laundering their dirty past, money, and energy. The victims of the new age never had a choice anyway. The Western mindset colonizes and exploits nature and people alike.

We know what to do. And we know there is no green-washing about it: we know this comes with massive changes to our lifestyles and infrastructure, and not just replacing technologies with technologies. We know for the world to stay the same (meaning as liveable as it is right now), everything has to change.

The prominently featured 55-gallon drum (also known as the 200-liter drum, or as the 44-gallon drum in Britain) is a cylindrical container typically made of steel. They are commonly used for transporting oils, fuels, chemicals, dry goods - often hazardous materials. The use of 200-liter drums - like so many other things - is a legacy of war machinery. It became widespread in World War II. In the past, hazardous waste was often placed in drums of this size. Over time, some drums would corrode and leak. As a result, these drums have become iconic for pollution problems.

Michael Aschauer,
Banff, 2019



Gathering around the fire.
3D-printed prototypes, printed on filament derived from landfill waste (black) and traditional PLA. The "fire" represents the global temperature of the last 137 years


The Farnese Atlas 
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli 
@Scan The World, BY-NC-SA 

Atlas (by Bruno D'Arcevia)
@Scan The World, BY-NC-SA 

Alante Satyres
The Louvre 
@Scan The World, BY-NC-SA 

David (by Michelangelo)
Accademia di Belle Arti of Florence 
@Scan The World, MyMiniFactory Exclusive - Credit - Remix - Commercial

Venus of Willendorf 
The Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria 
@Scan The World, BY-NC-SA

Lady Justice
Summer Garden- St Petersburg 
@Scan The World, BY-NC-SA

Winged Victory of Samothrace (Nike of Samothrace)
The Louvre, Paris 
@Scan The World, BY-NC-SA

Mercury Abducting Psyche (Adriaen de Vries)
The Louvre, Paris 
@Scan The World, BY-NC-SA

Le Réveil / Galatea 
Musée des Augustins 
@Augustins, MyMiniFactory Exclusive - Credit - Remix - Noncommercial

The Thinker by Auguste Rodin.
Musée Rodin, France 
@Musée Rodin, BY-NC-SA
Statue of Liberty
@Miro Hrončok, GPL

55 Gallon Oil Drum 
@ringmaster, CC BY 3.0

#oil pump 
@Syzguru11, CC BY 3.0

Oil Rig Ornament
@HarlanDMii, CC BY 3.0



The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity


The Art Section of the Federal Chancellery, Republic of Austria




The fossil fuel profit induced donors of the Banff Centre:

The Kahanoff Foundation 
James S. Kinnear and Friends 
Suncor Energy Foundation 
BP Canada Energy Group ULC
CNOOC Petroleum North America ULC
Enbridge Inc.
Encana Corporation
Husky Energy Inc.
Shell Canada Limited
Max Bell Foundation 
Suncor Energy Foundation
Chevron Canada Limited
Cenovus Energy Inc.
Encana Corporation
Repsol Oil and Gas Canada Inc. (an oil and gas producer)
TransCanada Corporation
Pengrowth Energy Corporation
Alliance Pipeline
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation †
ARC Resources Ltd.
Canadian Natural Resources Limited
Pengrowth Management Ltd.
Petronas Energy Canada 
Rozsa Petroleum Ltd.
NOVA Chemicals Corporation
Canadian Utilities Limited, an ATCO Company
Luscar Ltd.
Teck Resources Limited
Parkland Fuel Corporation


The Top 100 companies who make their profit being
directly responsible for more than 70% of the world's cumulative 
CO2 emissions since 1980 (as of 2015):

China Coal
National Iranian Oil Co
ExxonMobil Corp
Coal India
Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex)
Russia (Coal)
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC)
Chevron Corp
Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA)
Abu Dhabi National Oil Co
Poland Coal
Peabody Energy Corp
Sonatrach SPA
Kuwait Petroleum Corp
Total SA
BHP Billiton Ltd
Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras)
Lukoil OAO
Rio Tinto
Nigerian National Petroleum Corp
Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas)
Rosneft OAO
Arch Coal Inc
Iraq National Oil Co
Anglo American
Surgutneftegas OAO
Alpha Natural Resources Inc
Qatar Petroleum Corp
PT Pertamina
Kazakhstan Coal
Statoil ASA
National Oil Corporation of Libya
Consol Energy Inc
Ukraine Coal
Oil & Natural Gas Corp Ltd
Glencore PLC
Sasol Ltd
Repsol SA
Anadarko Petroleum Corp
Egyptian General Petroleum Corp
Petroleum Development Oman LLC
Czech Republic Coal
China Petrochemical Corp (Sinopec)
China National Offshore Oil Corp Ltd (CNOOC)
Ecopetrol SA
Singareni Collieries Company
Occidental Petroleum Corp
Sonangol EP
Tatneft OAO
North Korea Coal
Bumi Resources
Suncor Energy Inc
Petoro AS
Devon Energy Corp
Natural Resource Partners LP
Marathon Oil Corp
Vistra Energy
Encana Corp
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd
Hess Corp
Exxaro Resources Ltd
Apache Corp
Murray Coal
Alliance Resource Partners LP
Syrian Petroleum Co
Novatek OAO
NACCO Industries Inc
Adaro Energy PT
Petroleos del Ecuador
Inpex Corp
Kiewit Mining Group
AP Moller (Maersk)
Banpu Public Co Ltd
EOG Resources Inc
Husky Energy Inc
Kideco Jaya Agung PT
Bahrain Petroleum Co (BAPCO)
Westmoreland Coal Co
Cloud Peak Energy Inc
Chesapeake Energy Corp
Drummond Co
Teck Resources Ltd
Noble Energy Inc
Murphy Oil Corp
Berau Coal Energy Tbk PT
Bukit Asam (Persero) Tbk PT
Indika Energy Tbk PT
Southwestern Energy Co

source: CDP's Carbon Majors Repor