Issue #5

  1. Introducing TIKKUN/REPAIR

  2. Sanctuary

  3. "Iron Dome Listicle"

  4. Patterns

  5. The Diaspora of Poland-Palestine

  6. "Operation" and "Price of Entry"

  7. Three States of Gender Alchemy

  8. The Octopus

  9. Among Refugees Generation Y

  10. Tikkun Olam, or "small-z Zionism"?

  11. 29 Texts on Tikkun Olam

  12. The Problematics of Return

  13. Reading Reparation

  14. Tikkun Olam Today

  15. Stories of Demolition

  16. Work and Worship

  17. "Hevron" and "Mishna Ketubot 4:4"

  18. The Sign Under Which They Fight

  19. Heat Signature

  20. Cultivating Jewish "Ecotheology"

  21. Entropical Futures

  22. A Problem

Heat Signature

Tali Keren

Heat Signature examines relations between American national myths, religious beliefs, and quests for power and control. The work juxtaposes a design for the Great Seal of the United States that was unsuccessfully proposed to Congress by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin in 1776 with a FLIR Systems Inc. military-grade thermal camera. Testimonies by a drone sensor operator, a criminal defense attorney, and a media scholar—voices that reflect on the new temperature-based visual regime—are presented in three audio-recorded interviews.

In this installation, Jefferson and Franklin’s rejected design—which depicts the biblical story of the exodus of Israelites from Egypt wherein America serves as the “New Zion”—is brought to life with an infrared camera and electric heaters. Temperature shifts translate into a black-and-white video feed from the thermal camera; as the heaters turn on and off, the image of the seal, which is embedded in the ceiling unseen to the eye, heats and cools, appearing as a ghostly live transmission and then fading away.

Heat Signature, 2018. Mixed-media installation with FLIR military-grade infrared camera. X4 industrial heaters, condenser microphone, 10 x 10-foot live video projection, and audio testimonies. Commissioned by MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38, New York.

Tali Keren is a media artist (b. 1982, Jerusalem living and working in Brooklyn, NY). Her performances, videos, and installations focus on the formation of ideology, violence, and political identity.