The Axis Reversed
Video, 2 min. 30 sec.
The artist gets into an elevator carrying a ghetto blaster. Having reached the top of a high building, he switches on the tape recorder and records his own voice with a long scream. He pushes the replay button and throws the ghetto blaster from the balustrade, we hear his scream emanating from the machine, while the camera tracks its falling and crushing on the ground. “The tape recorder drops a scream which is horror and relief. I was indifferent towards it and only used it for my scream. And it fell, not me”, writes the artist in a longer statement on his work. The video is the recording of a disturbing and yet exhilarating, somewhat cathartic performance; the determination which gears the artist to the top of building is transformed into a simulation of suicide. The work was also chosen as a curatorial gesture directed towards the building in which the exhibition was held in Wrocław, a former German bunker from the Second World War.
The short video was filmed in one shot in the south part of Tel Aviv near the artist’s studio.
Eran Nave (*1979) studied at the Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Jerusalem and lives and works in Tel Aviv.