The Crystal Palace & The Temple of Doom

Curator: Hlia Cohen-Schneiderman 2.7.2015 - 24.10.2015


The production of the film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), so I have read, faced many constraints. The budget was small, especially since Germany was in the midst of an economic depression after the First World War. Due to the high cost of electricity, the lighting on the film had to be precise and calculated. In order to overcome the budgetary constraints, set designers decided to paint the light that falls on the set itself: instead of pointing a spotlight—painting. And so the floor, walls, ceilings, and props were all added another layer, a layer of paint.
Most of the common staircases in Tel Aviv buildings have a “Termion”, the old version of an automat, which turns on the light in the passage area for a fixed time—the average length of time required for a tenant or a passerby to enter or exit from one of the apartments in the building. The “Termion” is commonly installed in order to reduce the building's electricity costs. A staircase in a 4-storey and 12 apartments residential building, for example, is illuminated on average for about a minute and a half. Some staircases are also equipped with large windows, meant to bring some natural light into the gloomy corridor during the day, and save some electricity when it is dark outside.
*This work was created with the support of the Pais Funding Council