Measure for Measure

Curators: Drorit Gur Arie & Hila Cohen-Schneiderman 13.2.2014 - 26.4.2014

Assaf Shaham addresses the slide projector and the situation in which the slide cartridge is empty, the image is absent, and it projects the light of the bulb alone, thereby also alluding to photography's conditions of creation. In Double Crossing (2014) he uses two Kodak Carousel slide projectors for which he created a 3D simulation converted to slides. One presents images of the empty slide in its maximum size, pivoting on its axis like the cyclic movement of the projector's slide cartridge, while the other presents the empty slide in its minimum size, pivoting vertically on its axis. The movement of the images follows the endless loop of the cartridge's movement, which is tantamount to the temporal dimension in photography. Light, which moves around itself, acquires sculptural qualities, exposing itself to the viewers throughout its 360 degrees. Unlike state-of-the-art projectors which emphasize the cinematic syntax and create an illusion of continuity, the slide projector perpetuates the unique, one-off photograph. It is a means of projection which may be dubbed nostalgic, concealing the pain of memory, without necessarily reveling in it, as is often claimed; the moment of Death which the image produces while trying to preserve life.4 It is a dedicated device for screening still photographs, hence the fundamental need in it is still relevant today, yet the question arises, with what kind of images does one charge the device now? The simulative-motive manipulation created by Shaham via the image of the empty transparency results in a type of Stop Motion, thereby also exposing the cross-generating act, which appears as a revelation in slide no. 40, only to abruptly deconstruct in slide 41, and so on. The use of a slide projector lowers the bright cross shining into the distance from the cathedral's rooftop to eye level and human measure, so that the icon becomes concrete once again as the wooden cross on which many were crucified.