Reef is a project with multiple outputs that has been generated from research into Sea Gem, the first rig to extract significant hydrocarbons from the North Sea in 1965. Later that year it became the first offshore rig disaster when it sank to where it now sits on the seabed. As North Sea oil and gas production is declining, attention has turned to the decommissioning of oil platforms and their potential benefits as anthropogenic reefs. The story of Sea Gem follows this trajectory of the hydrocarbon industry and offers ways to reconsider human interrelationships with the North Sea.



A 3D point cloud of Sea Gem was constructed from archive newsreel footage of the rig in the North Sea. The points of data created compose a site between the historic material, its location in the North Sea and the screen on which it is realised.

 

 Sea Gem. Screen Contact Print Macbook Pro 13.5" edition

 Sea Gem. Screen Contact Print Macbook Pro 13.5" edition

 Sea Gem. Screen Contact Print Macbook Pro 13.5" edition

 Sea Gem. Screen Contact Print Macbook Pro 13.5" edition