The good old slide projector - a
simple mechanical technology and a little miracle occurs: illuminated
images come out of the dark. One click and the image is replaced
Domestic slideshows, lectures about art and science, communal sing-along
- anyone who has ever participated in such events/ rituals is familiar
with the small glitch-prone apparatus, equipped with either a linear
cartridge or a ring-shaped slide carousel, which floods the room
The small slides, whose emergence is accompanied by a clicking sound,
transform every classroom, lecture hall, or domestic living room
into a museum without walls, an encyclopedia devoid of paper.
The slide cartridge treasures a whole world.
The exhibition strives to draw attention to the slide projector
as an extinct technology; extinct, yet not irrelevant
to contemporary art. Pushed aside by digital technology, the slide
projector's presence in art is multi-faceted: nostalgic, and at
the same time essential. It is used by artists who are well-aware
of its unique qualities as an object and an aid (awkwardness, an
air of obsolescence, a hypnotizing presence of sound and light).
One moment before the slide projector becomes a museum exhibit,
we thought we should hold an exhibition for (and with) it; in homage
to a technology on the verge of disappearance, and out of fascination
with a moment when the magic was manual, simple and visible.
Ruti Direktor and Danny Yahav-Brown
Curators of the Exhibition