Goliath 71.30N 22.30E, 2017

                                                Video installation
Narration: Lena Torjussen Rosvold.
Thanks to LWC for support and all inhabitants of Sørøya (NO)
Venues: RAVI Residencies (BE), LWC, Sørøya (NO), Le Chapel, Greylight Projects Brussels (BE)

This installation focusses on the phenomenon of a stable internet connection on the remote Norwegian island of Sørøya. The internet on this island is the emergency line of Goliath, one of the biggest oil platforms in the Baltic Sea.  Ironically the name Goliath has biblical origins, where it refers to the story of David and Goliath. In this story, Goliath was a tyrannical giant, suppressing the Israeli folk. Goliath was finally defeated by David, a small shepherd boy, who killed him using five stones he found in a stream.

There seems to be a tradition of using names from the Saga and Bible for oil platforms, which could be rooted in the ancient power of these names. In Norway, people have a twisted relationship with these platforms. While the gas and oil industry made Norway one of the richest countries in Europe, they are also highly polluting and old-fashioned energy sources which contribute largely to climate change and thus  damage the Arctic nature. Since a small island like Sørøya is heavily depending on the local fishing industry, the people living here are some of the first to feel the consequences of climate change. Next to this, the oil platforms are ‘notorious for stealing the names of Norwegian children’. On the island, I even met a few children sharing their names with Norwegian oil platforms: Heidrun, Snorre and Goliath are all examples. For this new work, I talked with some of the mothers on the island and used one of their voices to bring back the connection between the biblical story and the oil platform. The installation consists of a loop video and a collection of stones from the beach of the Baltic sea. In the background of the video, one can softly hear the distortion of the wifi-signal, originating from Goliath.