MIRIAM SENTLER / LA WAYAKA CURRENT ARCTIC
MIRIAM SENTLER (b.1994 Germany) is a visual artist based in London. Sentler was an artist in residence during EXPEDITION 8 - La Wayaka Current / Arctic Location.
"Travelling to a remote place and to work there is something I wanted to do for a very long time. In my work I’m in search of moments by following my intuition and find them by travelling physically, as well as mentally. The influence people have on their surroundings and the world in general, fascinates me.
Like an explorer, I examine the world in its entirety, by referring to personal experiences. I think your programme would be the perfect chance for me to find these moments i'm looking for, to get in touch with new cultures, stories and people and to develop my artistic practice. I find the variety of new experiences which you bring together in your programmes fascinating. to see the night track of sea turtles, learn about the local mythology or maybe to go hiking in the northern part of norway: It all sounds amazing.
I think I would be a very enthusiastic and adventurous person to join your group, I like to have long discussions and I feel most home when I meet new people and explore new places." - Miriam Sentler
Sentler recently graduated from Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht, NL (BFA) and is currently based in London, UK.
DOCUMENTATION OF RESIDENCY AT ARCTIC W/ LA WAYAKA CURRENT
As part of her residency, Miriam created an installation in an old boat house at the current La Wayaka Current Arctic base. Miriam also built a boat from snow during her time on the residency and collected stories about the large fish of the area, (large enough to eat a man!) from the local school children. Below are photographs from her experience and documentation of the installation by La Wayaka Current.
Goliat 71.30 N 22.30 E
' During my residency in the arctic circle, I was surprised with the stable internet connection on the remote Norwegian island of Sørøya. It seems that the internet on this island is the emergency line of Goliat, one of the biggest oil platforms in the Baltic Sea. After hearing about it, the mental image of this giant, a mysterious thing somewhere in the vastness of the ocean, was stuck in my mind. Ironically the name Goliat 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. The construction of the oil platform and the use of this specific name received much criticism from activists and people who live close to it. In this new work, I talked with locals of the island and used one of the inhabitants voices to bring back the connection between the bibetical story and the oil platform. Five stones were collected from the beach of the baltic sea, the same sea Goliat is in, and displayed together with the video. The five stones are displayed on a black table with a subtle light, the same way weapons are often exhibited.
Many thanks to Lena Torjussen Rosvold for narrating in Norwegian and to La Wayaka Current for support and documenting. ' - Miriam Sentler
Sentler also worked together with the remote island school of 11 pupils after becoming fascinated by the local stories of the giant fish around the island, big enough to swallow men whole. Sentler spoke to the children about their experiences and knowledge about the local stories and created illustrations with them.