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The pit and the pendulum  (2010)

 The pit and the pendulum (2010)

The pit and the pendulum-outside/inside


This exhibition was comprised of two projects.

The first project entitled 'The Pit and the Pendulum' was exhibited in a similar version under the title 'Ana in the Holy Land' ('Mini-Israel', 2006).  This piece is built within the depth of a wall, while only two rectangle peepholes connect the events taking place inside the work with the external space of the exhibition venue. The internal space of the work, built as a theatrical place, holds two LCD screens that show the same figure (a woman). One screen depicts the woman pacing back and forth, and the second screen shows the same woman from above, sitting in a cellar or a pit. The woman lights and extinguishes matches. Both characters carry out routine actions, actions that "burn time", but can also quantify or measure it.

The act of lighting the matches echoes Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Match Girl'. The repetitive pacing brings to mind expectation, anxiety and imprisonment.

The work's title is borrowed from Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Pit and the Pendulum'.

The second  piece featured in the exhibition is titled 'Surveillance', a video projected on a wall equipped with a round pillar (built especially for this project).  The footage of spaces was filmed using a finger camera. Originally the spaces are miniature in size – up to 2 cm in height.

The project suggests a comparative look between two almost identical pieces of footage, which evolve into totally different experiences when the direction of motion changes and when the surface on which the film is projected is not flat.


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