Chanting Down Babylon

Digital slide projection, sound, mixed media, 2009

Shortly after the take-off of El-Al flight 1862 in October 1992 from Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam the Israeli Boeing 747 crashed into a residential complex in Bijlermeer on the Amsterdam outskirts. The tragic and never wholly explained airplane accident opened a Pandora’s box, in political terms, in Holland – the secret transportation of weapons of mass destruction, erased sequences from the Black Box recordings and mysterious illness are only a few of the scandals that came to light in the media following the airplane crash. For ‘Chanting Down Babylon’ (2009) Dani Gal visited residents of the Bijlermeer district, primarily migrants from Surinam and Africa and the journalist Vincent Dekker to enter into a dialogue on the airplane crash and their re-established everyday life in the reconstructed residential complex. The installation resulting thereof in Halle fuer Kunst presents clippings of these meetings in a slide show and the two modified loudspeakers which constitute the sound sculptures ‘The Horns of Jericho’ (2009). Formally quoting minimalistic objects, the loudspeakers lead the sound through a spiral of chambers evoking associations with the spiral trajectory of the freight aircraft before it hit the building.

Installation view, Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg, GR, 2009

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