The talking mountain of Israel

SD video, 21min', laser prints, 2007

On the 4th of January 1966 the Israeli postal service aired for the first time television in Israel.
The purpose of the broadcast was to try the broadcasting devices and to make a reception quality
check of picture and sound in different areas of the country. A special machine was built especially
for the broadcast constructed from a simple overhead projector connected to a television broadcaster.
A technician stood next to the projector and replaced newspaper photos of different people, sites and national events every 30 seconds followed by sounds and music. The program, that lasted 30 minutes, ended with of a photo of an Israeli army missile battery and was followed by the Tchaikovsky’s – 1812 Overture where real cannons played as instruments. During the first few minutes of the show a fly flu, accidentally, between one of the photos and the projector and viewers could see it flying across the screen. The Israeli television archive holds no documentation of this show. All the information about the broadcast was found in newspaper articles written around the time of the broadcast and stories told of people who were involved in the production.

Installation view, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, GR, 2009

The talking mountain of Israel, Film stills