Torgeir Husevaag | Through 150 dry wellbores

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Torgeir Husevaag is a Norwegian artist born in 1967. After his studies at Asker Art School, the Winchester School of Art (Bachelor of Art, sculpture) and the Stately Art Academy in Oslo, his current work can be described as a sort of mix about data visualization and mapping. From 1997 to 2005, he worked on a serie of Map Projects, as he told us in his site:

Maps, especially old hand-drawn ones, are beautiful and intricate visual objects. They are also documents where information has been selected, organized, and often manipulated to fit different purposes. Through history mapmakers have put their parons interests at the centre, and chosen map-projections that stretches or reduces continents the way they saw most beneficent. Today this is well known, and my map project follow the same pattern, – being subjective and egocentric to the extreme. They are also documentation of various personal investigations, – explorations that creates narratives related to the short stories of Borges and Calvino.

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Inspirations, maybe? – The UK’s First Road Map

In 2005 he worked on the project Through 150 dry wellbores, where he made a visual representation of every dry well bore drilled in Norwegian sector from the start of Norwegian oil exploitation in 1967 to August 1984, when the Snøhvit gas field was discovered [Snøhvit is a gas field with condensate and an underlying thin oil zone]. After that, in 2001, as we can read at the wikipedia, the development plan was presented by Statoil and a subsea production system is planned to feed a land-based plant on the island of Melkøya via 160 kilometer long submarine gas pipeline with diameter of 680 mm. The development of Snøhvit sparked political controversy in Norway, and Husevaag made this art work as an obviously way to show how the (test) drill holes are surrounded of critics, but they are also important sources of information, pointing out directions of further search.

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Husevaag explains at his site:

The numbers and colour-codes on the drawings describes the chronology, dept of sea, and the dept of bores below the bottom of the sea. They illustrate how this search constantly is pushed further north, and deeper down.

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A real view taken from GoogleMaps about the Snøhvit gas field:
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More info about the art project: Torgeir Husevaag


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