Visitors at the RAVI (Residences Ateliers Vivegnis International, Liége BE), open studios, June 2018.


Goliath 71.30N 22.30E 

The work was made on the Arctic island of Sørøya (NO) and shown at the open studio events of RAVI (Residences Ateliers Vivegnis International) Liége (BE) and at La Wayaka Current (LWC) Arctic Base, Sørøya (NO)

Thanks to Fanny Laixhai, Sophie Iversen, Victor Hernandez, Lena Torjussen Rosvold and all inhabitants of Sørøya (NO)

(2017-2018) Sound installation with moving image, 06m30s. Narration: Lena Torjussen Rosvold, 6 stones from the Baltic Ocean

Goliath 71.30N 22.30E started from 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. Due to this connection, the small Norwegian island of Sørøya is heavily depending on the oil platform, an object which is also contested due to its polluting effect for the fishing waters and its contribution to climate change. The installation highlights the connection between names deriving from ancient Nordic manifests like the Bible and Saga and Norwegian oil platforms, which are often sarcastically referred to by locals as ‘stealing the names of Norwegian children’. By letting an inhabitant of the island narrate the story of David and Goliath and connecting this narration to a moving image depicting the oil platform, the work is concerned with re-establishing the subtle threat  to the giant present in this particular story in an auditive way. In the background of the video, one soflty hears the distortion caused by the wifi-signal of the distant oil platform.

Visitors at the RAVI (Residences Ateliers Vivegnis International, Liége BE), open studios, June 2018.

Five stones collected from the Baltic Sea, presented alongside the video.

Bay of the island of Sørøya, Norway.

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