In Tel Aviv's evening traffic, cars halt, their motors idling - this is the setting of Yael Bartana's video piece Trembling Time (2001). For his video piece The Typewriter of the Illiterate (2002), the Hungarian artist Janos Sugar uses a wide diversity of press and magazine photos showing the popular Russian Kalashnikov machine gun - from proud fighters to slain rebels.
In Tel Aviv's evening traffic, cars halt, their motors idling - this is
the setting of Yael Bartana's video piece Trembling Time (2001). The
artist, who lives in Israel and the Netherlands, shows a minute's
silence during the day of commemoration for the soldiers fallen in
Israel's wars, announced by sirens throughout the whole country and,
for a moment, bringing life to a stillstand.
'TREMBLING TIME was filmed in Tel-Aviv from a highway overpass on Soldiers Memorial Day. It depicts a moment of silence as it is observed in traffic during a cross-country siren. State organised memorials, ceremonies and military events define tradition and shape national identity. They are powerful and therefore dangerous phenomena that perpetuate patterns of loyalty and ignorance. I am interested in the dynamics of the state that prescribes a belief system, and the individual who embraces it.'
(Yael Bartana, Manifesta 2002 catalogue, Frankfurt)
From February 1st to March 29th 2003, the Galerie der Stadt Schwaz is showing two video pieces which deal with the power and impotence of the individual in the face of the power of the state.
For his video piece The Typewriter of the Illiterate (2002), the Hungarian artist JÃ¡nos SugÃ¡r uses a wide diversity of press and magazine photos showing the popular Russian Kalashnikov machine gun - from proud fighters to slain rebels. The individual frames are connected by dissolving one into the other, the machine gun remains the single static element.. " I always collected particular images. I call it 'collecting analogies.' For instance, I take a picture whenever I see a broken shop window, or a religious graffiti, or a piece of furniture on the street, etc. I like those series of images, connected only by a similar detail; it represents a special kind of a narrative. "
(JÃ¡nos SugÃ¡r, The Typewriter of the Illiterate, interview with JÃ¡nos SugÃ¡r by Geert Lovink)
Opening: Friday, January 31, 2003, 7 pm
Exhibition from February 1 through March 29, 2003
Opening hours: Wed. 10 am to 7 pm, Thurs./Fr. 1 to 7 pm, Sat. 10 am to 7 pm
Guided tour of the exhibition every Thursday at 6 pm
Galerie der Stadt Schwaz
Palais Enzenberg, Franz-Josef-StraÃŸe 27, A-6130 Schwaz / Tirol
Tel:. ++43-(0)5242-73983, Fax: ++43-(0)5242-66896