Goliath 71.30N 22.30E,

Video installation, variable dimensions

Lena Torjussen Rosvold
Thanks to LWC for support
and all inhabitants of Sørøya

Venues: RAVI Residencies (BE), LWC, Sørøya (NO


‘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 heavily 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 referred to by locals as ‘stealing the names of Norwegian children’. By letting the mother of ‘David’ on the island narrate the story of David and Goliath and connecting this narration to film material depicting the oil platform, the work is concerned with re-establishing the subtle threat  to the giant present in this particular story. In the background of the video, one soflty hears the distortion caused by the wifi-signal of the oil platform.

This is the first part of the ongoing project Arctic Protagonists and Norwegian Oil Platforms (2017-2020). The second part of this project will be executed in late 2020 while undertaking a residency at United Sardine Factory (USF) Bergen (NO).

Visitors at the RAVI open studios, June 2018.

Five stones collected from the shores of the Baltic Sea.