Humanoil / Hege Tapio

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Humanoil / 19. April – 14. mai, 2023

Humanoil is presented as an extreme luxury product that plays on long historical and mythical references. The extraction and use of human oil has not only been present in myths and magical rituals but was also practically used for medicinal healing of scars and for pain relief. The oil has been sought after as a lucrative product for centuries until early 1900. Tapio`s previous project Humanfuel as well as Humanoil puts the spotlight on humans as a resource, challenging us to flip the perspective and to reflect how we utilize all the resources around us at will according to our own pleasure. 
It is time vanity causes some discomfort – how much pain must she endure before you decide to change your lifestyle? Humanoil is a follow up from the previous work where biofuel was made of the artists own fat, this time it has been rendered to human oil, the last oil produced from the artist – generated to offer anointing, white magic or pure skincare – your choice.

The research behind the project was presented during the TTT -Taboo Transgression Transcendence in Art and Science conference in Mexico 2018, entitled Human oil: From magic and medicine to artThe text is published in Technoetic Arts, Volume 16, Number 3, December 2018, pp. 259-265.


Hege Tapio was born 1973 in Norway. She lives and works in Stavanger.

Since 2001 her artistic practice has pursued the interest in emerging media interconnecting art, new technology and science. Her work has been exhibited and presented at conferences widely in Norway and internationally.

With a kitchen bench DIY attitude and through artistic practice she has been inspired to how apparatuses and new technology opens to renewed interpretation, creative misuse and critical thinking. Tapio produced the first public interactive electronic art installation in Stavanger consisting of a double sided handmade LED matrix, and has over the years also been engaged as both artist and consultant for public commissioned artworks and done several curatorial projects.
Tapio is the founder and artistic manager of i/o/lab – Center for Future Art where she established and curated Article biennial– a festival for the electronic and unstable art.

Art driven by curiosity, knowledge, ability to convey and contextualize aspects of technology and research, both through speculation and critical attitude, have been the basis for many of the projects.
Art encompassing and intersecting with technology and science has been the main objective for the development of projects for i/o/lab. The core activities has been to mediate and to create discourse through facilitating workshops, exhibitions, presentations, talks and conferences.



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