These works are part of an ongoing exploration into the watery components of the landscape: places which the inhabitants of Bergen once frequented, but which are now largely seen as belonging to industry (this is despite the right of anyone to occupy most of the water surrounding the city). Painted flags and banners, and occupation of the fjords, are intended to encourage residents to reconsider and make use of their own right to this public space.
How many small boats would need to traverse the city fjord every day before a critical mass could be made, the space becoming a safe zone for all residents, rather than a waterway dominated by oil rig support vessels, high speed ferries and cruise ships?
The maiden voyage of The Boat Untitled (alternative journey) was a collaborative performance with Dale Rothenberg and Robert Carter.
Right: Puddefjorden Flag (painted using cadmium pigments to visualise toxic PCB and mercury in Puddefjorden), made for exhibition at Sydnesgate 1b.
Below: Blueprint for a rowing trip
Above: Play flags for a voyage
Below: Health and Safety declaration by Robert Carter
The maiden voyage of the boat untitled (a salvaged fibreglass rowing boat) was a rowing trip from the east side of Store Lungegårdsvannet to the gallery of the United Sardine Factory (USF Visningsrommet) on the opening night of the exhibition Make Me Destroy Me. This journey, taken as an alternative to reaching USF over land, was carried out by three artists, united in curiosity and a romantic desire to take to the seas.
This is how the project was described by Dale Rothenberg:
“On April 26th, 2019, the crew members of the previously-unnamed rowboat Untitled rowed a distance of about 3 kilometers to an exhibition space on the other side of the city of Bergen, Norway. The performance was part of an effort to reclaim the city’s water-space for public use. During the trip, we had casual conversations, ate food, and examined the architectural and cultural changes to the historically industrial sections of Bergen’s harbor, including sections of Store Lungegårdsvannet and Damsgårdssundet. We arrived at USF Visningsrommet during the exhibition opening, to a welcoming committee of gallery visitors. We then tied up Untitled at USF for the period of the exhibition.”