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Monday, February 16, 2009

Ori Gersht - Big Bang

Ori Gersht - Big Bang I, 2006
digital video, color, sound running time: 4:23 min

Ori Gersht evokes twilight via a fusion of the sirens that sound in Israel and that he remembers from his childhood. There is the siren at dawn and dusk on Holocaust Day and Memorial Day that signals the call to remembrance; and the all-out war siren that tells citizens to take shelter in the event of an imminent attack.The sirens reach a human crescendo whose frequency shatters the on-screen still life, filling the frame with an explosion of refracted light and color before darkness descends (Victoria and Albert Museum).

(Hirshhorn Museum)

(Contemporary Art)


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