We (2001)

 

Looped recording made for the Limbus Gallery , Tel Aviv

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2 mins 47 secs

‘… a voice piece which deals with an attempt to recollect a particular space. At times, it seems as if memories of a scene of a crime are being spoken of. The objects and lighting are elusive and a sense of memory’s ambiguity is evoked’: Smadar Shefi, ‘Listening to Silence’ Ha’Aretz  6/2/2001

I had been thinking about Herzog and De Meuron’s virtualhouse.ch and about alternative ways of making and negotiating nonfactual space. My initial intention was simply to create a complicitous voice that coaxed the visitor to the gallery into remembering a succession of fictitious and slightly disturbing rooms that could be related to the gallery’s own architectural history (a disused bombshelter). By filling the gallery with the sound of the looped recording, I anticipated transforming the space itself (and the other works in it) into something figmental. But any gallery has its own very basic history. Its walls are a palimpsest of lost or conflicting narratives. This piece was as much about that. JD-B

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