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“Ten of Sticks” is a three-day festival concluding the second season of “o-o-o”; presented over a weekend, it includes three performances staged within Nimrod Alexander Gershoni’s video and sound installation Synthetic Passage (2018-ongoing). Exploring video and audio synthesis and feedback, but also their employment in live settings, the work appropriates the elements of a television control room and a sound stage that are constantly monitored by closed-circuit television cameras.

Video and audio synthesis and video and audio feedback are techniques that involve manipulating electronic signals to create new and unique imagery and sound. Feedback involves creating a loop of images projected onto themselves, which are then manipulated in real-time. When used together, these techniques create a wide range of effects, from abstract and psychedelic patterns, to more realistic and recognizable images, subverting assumptions relating to mainstream media, how we perceive it, and the reality in which it exists. These techniques can also challenge our perceptions of reality and how it is mediated by broadcast media and social platforms. While broadcast media is often perceived as a representation of reality, video synthesis, and feedback create self-generated and often psychedelic visuals that could be removed from reality. In parallel to these techniques, the action of monitoring and duplicating a situation in real-time creates an unusual and uncanny experience; it also comes with a degree of voyeurism, considering that such action allows to watch performances through television.

Due to these features, Synthetic Passage can be set both as a self-generated installation piece or operated by a performer, creating an ongoing and evolving live video and audio performance. Within these conditions, Gershoni – under his alter-egos Benny Ekstra (sound artist and designer) and Benny’s Video (amateur VJ and Podcaster) – has orchestrated three sessions: the first session with Leila Rose Bari; the second session with Dr. Guy Dubious; and the third session with Sharon Kantor, Ariel Kleiner and Or Rimer.

“Ten of Sticks” is the closing event of the second season of “o-o-o.” Led by artist and CCA Tel Aviv-Yafo Office Manager Guy Bernard Reichmann, alongside artists and Content Managers Mona Benyamin and Esraa Abed, “out-of-office” is a series of events to be presented in the Marc Schimmel Multipurpose Gallery. Focused on time-based practices such as video, dance, and performance, and in line with the multidisciplinary mission of the Center, “o-o-o” was conceived as a way to nurture the domestic scene.

The festival is supported by Thomas Rom.

Admission: one show 50₪ / two shows 80₪/ three shows 100₪

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Nimrod Alexander Gershoni

Synthetic Passage, 2018-ongoing (detail)

Mixed media, variable dimensions

Photo: Roy Elmakias

Festival | out-of-office: Nimrod Alexander Gershoni

June 24, 2023

June 22, 2023

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