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SONGS FOR THE DRAWER
KIBBUTZIM COLLEGE OF ART & EDUCATION TEL AVIV
MOTI BRECHER

21-Songs


This interactive video and sculpture shows a projection of a man reading a poem inside a drawer. All is well, until the man’s pushing of the walls makes the drawer itself start to shake and the whole work is overwhelmed by what feels like a destabilizing earthquake. The work is composed of a readymade table drawer to which a mechanical engine is connected. A video is projected on the object and interaction takes place between the movement of the drawer, and the movements of the man who is projected inside the drawer. When the video begins to shake with the movements of the drawer, the performer starts to stumble and roll on the floor. The work expresses the existential contradiction we are living in, particularly significant with regard to the political situation in Israel: On the one hand, our technological and intellectual capabilities lead us to believe that we are in control of our lives, but on the other hand we are aware of the essential fragile, unstable and transient nature of our existence.

MOTI BRECHER is a performance and video artist and second year student at the Faculty for Digital media art at the Kibbutzim College of Art and Education in Tel Aviv.