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The Monotony Of Office Life Is This Artist's Reigning Inspiration

German artist Ignacio Uriarte knows all about the tedium of life as a 9-to-5 employee, which he ditched to create art riffing on the subject. Süddeutsche Zeitung sat down with him.

Working in an office could be monotone — Star5112
Working in an office could be monotone — Star5112
Karim Janker

MUNICH — When Ignacio Uriarte became interested in art, his work as an employee took a serious turn south. Born in 1972 in Krefeld, Germany, Uriarte studied business administration, and worked for companies such as Siemens and Canon. He took courses in audiovisual arts on the side. Office work and art at some point became an untenable combination, so in 2003 he packed in the day job and became an independent artist.

Since then Uriarte’s work, in which he also deals with time and the monotony of the working world, is regularly displayed in museums and galleries. He currently has an exhibit, entitled “Playtime,” at the Lenbachhaus in Munich, and he has a sound installation, “Eight Hours Count,” on display at the Berlinische Galerie Museum of Modern Art in Berlin. Süddeutsche Zeitung’s first question to the artist is a reference to a panel discussion he will take part in on May 25 entitled, “Does Work Bring Happiness?”

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The Bogus Concept Of "Carbon-Neutral" Oil

The Colombian president recently said that the country had exported one million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset oil. But in an unregulated carbon market, such a claim is pure greenwashing.

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María Mónica Monsalve Sánchez

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BOGOTÁ - In March this year, various national and corporate leaders met in Houston, Texas, for CERAWeek, an annual conference to discuss the world's energy challenges. Colombia's President Iván Duque took the opportunity to remind participants that his country produced just 0.6% of the world's carbon emissions even as it had raised crude production to one million barrels a day.

He said oil should not be seen as an enemy, since the fight was really against greenhouse gas emissions. He also revealed at the event that the country's national oil firm, Ecopetrol, had sold the Asian market its first million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset crude, consisting of the entire extraction, production and exportation chain.

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