3-channel video, 5:38 min, Norway and Newfoundland, 2012
sound: flute and arrangement by Anja Lautermann, cello by Anne Krickeberg
The work addresses the fascination and challenges of the Norse trans-atlantic journeys around the year 1000 AD which mark the first proven contact between the so-called Old and New World. Moreover, with the first encounter between Norsemen and members of the indigenous peoples of North America the encircling of the globe by humankind was completed.
The channels show (from right to left as to represent the journeys from East to West): departure in the Old World, journey on the open ocean, arrival in the New World. The title refers to the amazing achievement of the Norse seafarers of crossing the Atlantic without any effective navigational tools: it means ‘onwards, despite hafvilla’, where ‘hafvilla’ is an old Norse expression for ‘being lost at sea’ which does not exist in modern Norwegian.
Channles 1 and 3 were shot at the original historic sites in Norway (Hernar) and Newfoundland (L'Anse aux Meadows).
The 3 channels are to be projected in a row, each one accompanied with its own sound channel, so sound is continuously varying when moving on from one projection to the other. The demo online version shows all three channels in one frame and thus in low resolution. The sound of the demo version is a stereo track of a varying mix of the three sound channels of the piece.