- The Magnetic Card: an installation
The ones who own the magnetic card live in the First World.
Those who live in the Third World do not own the consumer plastic card. They carry a
magnetic card that invokes the computer and classifies the subject carrying the card only
as an object. The revolutionary nature of the magnetic card in the First World, flips into
one function of total control in the Third World. It denies subjectivity and relates to
human beings as objects. Thus technological revolution in one social context becomes
terror in another social context.
- This work is composed partly of a photographic syntax
of images appropriated in and around Gaza Check Point.
A metal reconstruction of the long meshed
barrier which leads to the Check Point.
A woolen rug representing a
computerized magnetic card, produced in a low-technology fashion, operates in the
installation as an entrance rug, signifying the terror/surveillance aspects which are
manifest in the digital revolution.
- The entrance to the installation is low and narrow,
the space is in total darkness, limited to one viewer. Entering the space activates 3
consecutive transparent screens, representing moving images captured at the checkpoint and
projected in short intense intervals. Fragmented flashes of painterly and photographic
intense atmosphere images. The viewers enclosed narrow space simulates the
surroundings a Gaza worker has to encounter on route to work.
- The surveillance/terror aspect of the installation
represented by the magnetic card is depleted by transforming it into a rug --- a passive
object carrying the image of a magnetic card, to be stepped on. However, by walking
through the dark, narrow, enclosed space, where the only source of light are the projected
images, and hearing noises of the checkpoint, with both images and sound activated by the
viewers own movement in this space, the viewer will sense and recapture the memory
of the other, via the flashes of representations of those who are stripped of identity by
means of digital terror.