Above and Beyond  2013

"...For “Above and Beyond,” designed especially for the Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) Tel Aviv, Rodeh has grafted onto a white cube one of the holiest sites of Judaism and the most popular pilgrimage site in Israel, the Wailing Wall – or, rather, an abstract recreation of the wall constructed of cardboard. The viewer walks into a dark, smoky room, filled with Oriental music. The rhythmic melody is reminiscent of snake charming, calling to mind the performative manipulation of this highly symbolic reptile through its master’s hypnosis. The music, recorded especially for the work by Israeli composer Yoni Silver, is made by the human body as instrument: whistles, claps and foot stomps, that tantalizes and draw to the light piercing through the cracks between the wall’s “stones.” Clearly alluding to rays of holy light, Rodeh’s beams punch through the wall almost like stained glass windows in a cathedral. The wall, where the Jewish people have come for generations to pray and wish and fling their faith against a stone fence, stands almost as if to entertain it’s new pilgrimage. “Above and Beyond” aims to create a visual and sensorial dissonance that contrasts religion and art through a confluence of the two, leading viewers to consider the spiritual dimensions of art and the visual and physical expressions of religion."—Chen Tamir 

 

Solo show at CCA Tel Aviv

Curator: Chen Tamir

Construction: Didi Alon

Documentation: Elad Sarig

Catalogue design: Nadav Shalev

 

The exhibition was made possible with the additional support of the Ostrovsky family Fund and the Israeli Lottery Council for Culture and Arts.

 

Cardboard, natural vegetation, OSB sheets, projections and sound

Sound: 4:29 min looped, original score: Yoni Silver

Dimensions Variable