NEWS DELIVERY ROUND / HOLES ROLES PILLARS AND POLES
NEWS DELIVERY ROUND , 2012
Art and Press Group Exhibition. Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany.
Marble, Newspapers, variable dimensions
A transformation of a truck-mounted concrete mixer into a large traveling and performing music box. This transformed mixer was both an ice cream van and a story vehicle. The rotating drum functioned as the cylinder with pins attached to its surface. Several tunes and sounds were composed for the repertoire of this mixer by musicians Arik Hayut, Guy Kark, Daniel Landau, Robert Bentley, and Ohad Fischof. The notes of these melodies were played electronically and were made to sound similar to the way ice cream vans disseminate their tunes. This truck played music while traveling along small roads and parked at various stops, where people gathered to participate in the exchange. I gave the passers-by ice lollies in the shape of the Little Matchstick Girl.
Holes Roles Pillars and Poles, 2013
Memory Art 7, Ostia Antica Synagogue, Ostia Antica
white marble ‘Bianco di Carrara’, Marble cylinders: 14 pieces.
228 × 60 × 96 cm
The work is a marble sculpture, ideologically and formatively based on an ancient method of transporting heavy loads. It is positioned amidst the ruins of the synagogue in the neighborhood of Ostia, Rome.
In this work, the transported body is a perforated object, one that is lacking pieces of itself. Cylinders drilled out from the substance were placed at its foot, enabling movement and transportation. Thus, they illustrated the notion of transitioning a material through time and space. The loss of form is a dramatic one: Each void is a consistent reminder of the continuum of movement. I sought to create a chronology of the self, its sacrifices and its memories.
I had drilled the marble cylinders in the Lizzatura tradition; this is a term that originated in Carrara, Italy, and it describes the ancient Egyptian method of transporting large objects.
Another idea that was essential to the making of this piece is that of motion as an elementary quality of the living body. I tried to transform an inanimate substance into a living thing, by reducing its mass and creating an absence. That very reduction, paradoxically, enables movement and perpetuates the circle of life. The physical absence is also an ontological one; the lack, as psychoanalytic theories argue, gives birth to passion. Passion, in turn, triggers motion. In order to desire, we must lose something first.