TENSION |2014|
Wooden box, brackets, egg crate grilles, vinyl wrap, audio equipment, projector
Durational soundscape and installation. 118 x 30 x 40 cm

Lingering news footage of 16 day war Operation Grapes of Wrath, loops over a vent-like object emitting a violent and hypnotic soundscape, far off and all-encompassing.

When war broke out between Israel and Lebanon in April 1996, the volunteers of Kfar Blum in the Hula Valley part of Upper Galilee, were told to remain as often as possible in the bomb shelters on site by the community of kibbutzniks vanished behind their steel shuttered windows. Directly hit three times, the chillingly unnatural sound of the kibbutz buildings shaking with violence seeped through the thick-walled shelters and drew the volunteers out to see the spectacle in front of their eyes.

One night, as the cavernous cinema and communal dining hall stood empty near the besieged town of Qiryat Shmona, a post-conscription kibbutz volunteer put a name and tactical observation to the firepower that lit up the sky and loosened the ground beneath their feet.

The soundscape and sequence of images coexist but interact by chance only.


Below are the original unedited field recordings created for the project in two vast spaces, before being altered and edited together to form the audio of the installation.