“World of Matter” is a multimedia project that examines the processes by which natural resources are explored, exploited, used, and moved around the globe. As such, this massive effort is essentially about geopolitics, in the most essential sense of the word. The backdrop for this iteration is the Upper Midwest, including the Great Lakes and the Bakken oil fields. Artists of every medium have created work that delves into the history, industry, and transportation of natural materials, while artists, theorists, activists, geographers, landscape architects, and architects will be participating in film screenings, field trips, and a symposium intended to illuminate and activate. To kick things off, there will be an opening reception on Thursday, September 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. For a full schedule of events, visit mobilizingmaterialities.com.