Virtual Video Installation by Eitan Buganim
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
“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...