The Orientalist

Virtual Video Installation by Eitan Buganim

An image collage combining a visual slice of each of the four videos in the exhibition

Curated by Dr. Rotem Rozental

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies is proud to present "The Orientalist," online for the first time.

Conflating desires, miracles, magic and impending catastrophes, this multichannel video installation is composed of four short videos in full synchronization, arranged at exactly the same rate, with each crop, angle change, or dramatic action happening simultaneously. The soundtrack for each video is a popular “Oriental” Israeli song from the 1980s and 1990s, before this music genre broke into the mainstream.

The identical structure attempts to trace the rhythm and melody for each song, highlighting the emotional and social meanings of both the scenes unraveling on screen and the accompanying music.  

Ready to dive in? Watch the videos below and see what response they evoke in you. Then read the curator's essay to reveal the layers of imagery, meaning, and context. After reading the interpretive text, you may wish to rewatch the videos to see how the new insights transform your experience. 

On Monday, April 25, 2022, we marked the exhibition opening with a live, virtual conversation with Eitan Buganim and curator Rotem Rozental. We recorded the program and you can view it on our YouTube channel.

Watch the recording

 

Watch the videos

 

Behind the exhibition

 

From the curator


 
 

The Woman That Hovered Under the Moonlight

 

The Crying Child

 

 
The Beggar

 

 
The Treacherous

 


“Enchanted I Went with Them into the Night”: on Eitan Buganim’s “The Orientalist”
by Dr. Rotem Rozental

 The most fantastical acts of sorcery require a structure, a system—an inherent logic that propels the improbable into existence. Eitan Buganim’s “The Orientalist,” a multi-channel video installation of four short films created in complete synchronization, engages the contradictions and connections between magic and mundane, intention and chance; from the depth of chaos that threatens to tear away at the everyday, and yet remains beneath the surface. The moment that precedes the eruption, the collapse of order, provides these videos their driving force. Continue reading...

 

  • Film screens in a darkened exhibition space

    Installation View, Kav 16 Gallery, 2016

  • Film screens in a darkened exhibition space

    Installation View, Kav 16 Gallery, 2016

  • Film screens in a darkened exhibition space

    Installation View, Kav 16 Gallery, 2016

  • Film screens in a darkened exhibition space

    Installation View, Kav 16 Gallery, 2016

 

This exhibition is held in conjunction with the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts at Brandeis, April 26-May 4, 2022