Mihai Grecu, who was born into a political system of repression in Romania in 1981, has created a compact video by linking the violence he experienced in reality with that experienced from a distance. In the film sequences of „We’ll become oil“, he describes an apocalyptic end of the world mood. The ambivalence of direct and indirect consternation and threat of violence, its ritual celebration of itself, its self-destructive tendencies and its reckless will to destroy meet, simultaneously, the beauty that can be inherent in the process of destruction.
Grecu simulates the ritual of military helicopters circling around each other. First it is an artistic game about formations and balances, then it suddenly becomes a fight which in the end leads to the self-destruction of the helicopters. Grecu takes us along on a hovering flight around the globe. We do not see any cities but an open, unspoiled landscape, broad river mouths, and dazzling water. The landscapes become drier and drier, with more and more rocks. In the distance, clouds from oil wells appear. The closer we get to them the stronger the smoke becomes until, at the final stage, we face a self-consuming, raging fire, totally out of control, which seems to be driving our entire planet into self-destruction.