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TEARS DRY ON THEIR OWN
BEZALEL ACADEMY OF ARTS AND DESIGN JERUSALEM
ORI LEVIN


Tears Dry On Their Own is an installation of sound and animated tissue paper. The tissue paper, which signifies something personal and private, is the vehicle of a mechanical choreography. The tissue paper trembles and moves around the floor, accompanied by sound taken from the “chick flicks”, Hollywood melodramas from the 1940s and 1950s.
These films, also known as “weepies”, originated during World War II when men were drafted and the Hollywood industry realized it had to appeal to a new, largely female target audience. The music and the sound of sobbing heroines are taken from moments of dramatic climax. Like the professional weeper or the laugh track in television shows, the tissue paper outsources emotions as it trembles and dances around the floor. Cinema has been a pioneer in “artificially” generating emotions, and the automation of new technologies is following the same empowering tracks.

ORI LEVIN (B. 1982) graduated with distinction from the Film and Television department in The Aviv University and from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design MFA. Her works were exhibited both in Israel and abroad and she was acknowledged by multiple prestigious grants. She teaches Video Art and Film Theory at the Tel Aviv University. [PORTFOLIO]