Dead sea Project

Video Installation, 2011(Synagogue de Delme's production)

I WENT TO ISRAEL A FEW YEARS AGO
I WANTED TO SEE THE DEAD SEA BELOW THE SEA LEVEL
WITHOUT LIFE VEGETABLE OR ANIMAL
IT LOOKS LIKE LIQUID GOLD SURROUNDED BY THE DESERT
I WANT TO FILM INSIDE THE WATER DESPITE THE SALT CONCENTRATION
MAKES THINGS FLOAT DESPITE GEOGRAPHICAL HISTORICAL AND POLITICAL STATEMENTS
AND THE MEANING OF THESE CONSIDERATIONS

THE PRINCIPLE
 

Two people go to a beach by the Dead Sea
They carry a photo-camera and a camera, in waterproof bags
One person goes into the sea, and goes as far as possible, standing upright.
He/She stops, launches the camera, and then dips it into the water.
He/She remains in this position for as long as is possible.
In the same while, the other person is taking photographs of the scene's "off-camera."
The following day, the video film and the photo film are sent to Europe.
The presentation is that of the film, in loop.
It is accompanied by the text: "PROGRAM FOR THE DEAD SEA"
Photographs are only annex documents

"Une projection grand format, au rez-de-chaussée, dans l’axe de l’édifice à l’endroit de la bimah, diffuse une lumière quasi monochrome variant insensiblement du vert au bleu, des corpuscules en suspension — des organismes microscopiques — accentuant les densités fluctuantes d’une clarté toute en nuances passagères. Il s’agit de prises de vues sous la surface de cette mer étrange, à la salinité supérieure à 27%. Un dispositif pour « immerger » l’espace d’exposition dans ce qu’évoque l’étrange conjonction mer morte / sel de vie (saveur du monde), évoquée avec grand détachement par cette luminescence inattendue."
Raymond Ballau

Dead sea Project