Loophole, site-specific sound installation, Givon Art Gallery, May 2021
The exhibition at Givon Art Gallery features three new bodies of work that perform together as a site-specific sound installation. Each body of work produces its own soundtrack and together they create an orchestrated sound composition, transforming every 50 minutes and played in a loop.
The bronze transistors, plated in silver, are placed on the bright ground floor, playing a multi-channel sound piece. The base of the soundtrack consists of nature sounds, which culminate in a short segment based on the disruption of the song “Banana Boat Song” by musician Harry Belafonte. During the segment, a kind of “deaf discourse” is created between the transistors searching for each other in space, and it ends with a joint song in which they declare that they “want to go home.” The original song is built in the form of “call and response”, and is known as a Jamaican slave song that was sung during the endless working days.
The transistors’ structure is based on a “Faraday cage”: a metal enclosure used to block electric and electromagnetic fields. In that way, a tool originally produced as a frequency receptor turns into an isolated cage. Each transistor weighs 5 kg. The materials’ weight stands in contrast to the natural function of the transistor as a light-weighted object that’s meant to be carried around. The silver is created by an electrical process (electroplating) that tattoos a silver coat on the bronze surface, that changes over time and presents a kind of value. The antennas of the transistors perforate the ceiling of the first floor and burst into the second floor, physically emphasizing the attempt to absorb information and undermining the architecture of the display space.
The dark top floor is controlled by The Oracle, a prophet with a computerized voice that produces random sentences appearing on the LED signs. Each sign is characterized by color and located in a different area of the space. At one point in the gallery, the sentence is revealed in its full version. The sound of the oracle emanates from speakers mounted on the ceiling. Another meditative soundtrack is heard from three silver works hanging on the wall and revealed from the darkness. This soundtrack is connected to a computer that plays a random sound creation with 5 different scenes. The sound accompanies the oracle and produces segments that sound like music with a melody, which occasionally comes apart. The piece changes frequently even within its own channels. For example, the right channel can play piano and then become a synthetic ambient sound. The piano transforms into background noise in the right channel and slowly disappears into the darkness. The work functions as a kind of shattering glacier, which is built and destroyed simultaneously.
Silverworks/Composition for III, 2020
#5, Silverworks,170x170 cm, silver reflective mylar film, aluminum pins and plywood, two subwoofers, amplifier, 2020
Sahki Sahki group show project, Jaffa beach house, 2020 (photo by Beller)
detail from Two transistor radios, Blaupunkt BP-1000, sound installation 1/3 + 1AP, 2020 (photo by Beller)
Detail from #2, Silverworks, site-specific work, 2020 , (photo by Beller)
#2, Silverworks, site-specific work,170x170 cm, space blanket,
aluminum pins and plywood, 2020 (photo by Beller)
#8, Liquid works, inkjet print on Museo silver rag paper, 148x172 cm, 1/4 + 1AP
(photo by Beller)
Installation view (photo by Beller)
Installation view (photo by Beller)
Oracle, sound installation, 2019, Givon Art Forum, Curator Noemi Givon
Raspberry Pi, led panel, mp3 player, speakers, computer
The Oracle is an autonomous being, an electric prophet describing the world eternally. A speaking computer powered by an algorithm that pairs adjectives and nouns at random. Each combination is a one-time description that will never be repeated. The Oracle is accompanied by a 12-note flute arrangement, generated in real-time by an algorithm.
Sandstorm, 2019, the 7th biennial for drawing, Jerusalem
Site-specific sound installation
Fog machine, light, 3 rounded mirrors, 4 speakers, 1 subwoofer, mp3 player, mixer, amplifier