Langue de Chat: Works from the CCA Tel Aviv Video Archive Part I
Thursday, September 6, at 7:30 pm CCA Tel Aviv, Tsadok HaCohen 2, Tel Aviv
Videos by: Marina Abramović, Guy Ben Ner, Guy Criden, Omer Fast, Ohad Fishof, Shahar Freddy Kislev, Roy Menachem Markovich, Leigh Orpaz, Yehudit Sasportas, Lior Waterman Curated by Meital Aviram
The CCA Tel Aviv is pleased to present “Langue de Chat,” an outdoor screening of works from the center’s vast video archive.
The first part of the screening is titled “Langue de Chat” [Cat Tongue] and is inspired by Satan, the protagonist of Mark Twain’s The Mysterious Stranger (1916). Satan, a supernatural character and the nephew of the fallen angel who performs several magical feats, claims that our awareness, knowledge, or recognition of the forces that surround us won’t help us escape mortality. “Langue de Chat” is a small biscuit or a chocolate bar in the shape of a cat’s tongue. On the one hand the act of putting this snack on one’s tongue refers to the ritual of eating the Sacramental bread, and on the other hand the notion of eating a cat’s tongue in order to satisfy our need for something sweet may refer to “gluttony”, one of Christianity’s seven deadly sins. In this way Satan manifests himself once more in this bizzare traditional chocolate bar.
“Langue de Chat” continues Satan’s prophecy regarding the future of the human race by suggesting additional narratives of acts or human behaviors in times of global crises. While digging in the CCA’s Video Archive, which was established in 2000 and includes over four thousand videos by Israeli and international artists with works from the 1960s to the present, Aviram chose works that captures the aura of Satan’s message. Therefore, “Langue de Chat” encapsulates the romantic idea that humans can navigate through life, but can’t control its circumstances.
“Langue de Chat” is organized by Meital Aviram, an independent curator based in Tel Aviv and the founder of Third Floor on the Left. She earned an MA in Policy and Theory of the Arts from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem.
This video program, screened outdoor, will be accompanied by drinks courtesy Malka Beer. The second part will be presented on Thursday, September 20th. For more information please contact CCA Tel Aviv public relations manager, Omer Shachar, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Marina Abramović, Dragon Heads #3, Performance, Single-channel video, Color, 30 minutes, 1990, © Marina Abramović, Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives