press release

We are delighted to announce the [re]opening of a new solo show by Miri Segal, PLACE DE LA BONNE HEURE [July 4 - July 23, 2005]. An original soundtrack by Uri Frost accompanies the work.

The show features a video installation designated for a sole viewer at a time and functions by means of a physical computing system, developed uniquely for this piece. A rotating computerised chair situated in the middle of the gallery's space serves as the viewing platform of this work. The crux of the work, a video projected from the rotating chair onto the gallery's walls, invites the viewer to an exceptional audio-visual voyage spanning between two squares, or better said two circuses: Place de la Bonne Heure/Kikar Ha-shaot Ha-yafot in Tel Aviv - and - Kalandiya check-point. The motivation to cast the square/circus as the protagonist of the work stems from the political role the public square has traditionally retained as the locus of citizens' gathering.

The choice of the Tel Avivian Place de la Bonne Heure/Kikar Ha-shaot Ha-yafot has a strong metaphoric meaning. This hanging circus was built by the Tel Aviv municipality for the well being of the citizens as a belvedere from which one can enjoy the beautiful view of the Mediterranean and the old city of Jaffa. However, since it was built 15 meters above ground level and since it can be accessed only by climbing the staircases that surrounds it, Place de la Bonne Heure remained a derelict, deserted location, as if it were waiting for the nice hours to come...

Kalandiya check-point is located in the outskirts of Ramallah on the [Roman] road to Jerusalem. In the past the location of the check-point served as an urban continuum that stretched between east Jerusalem and Ramallah; it included flourishing markets and vibrant commercial areas. The checkpoint took various changing forms and has turned the area into a wasteland. The current circus in Kalandiya check-point was constructed in order to facilitate the movement of traffic. However, since it is often closed, there are recurring heavy traffic jams around the check-point's roundabout which often last for hours.

Miri Segal's Place de la Bonne Heure is a poetic voyage into the complex reality comprising the Israeli condition as seen through the double gaze of an innocent child/the viewer her/himself. Conveying a strong sensual and visual experience in an amalgamation of reality and dream, the conscious and the unconscious, and the presentation of socio-geographical binaries - Place de la bonne heure is no-doubt one of the major pieces created by Segal to date.

Miri Segal lives and works in Tel Aviv. This is her second solo show at Dvir Gallery [the first took place in 1999]. To date, her works were presented in numerous group shows in and outside Israel and in solo shows at the PS1, New York, at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and at the Lisson Gallery, London. At the end of April 2005 Segal's work will be presented in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in the show celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Nathan Gottesdiener Prize, as she was awarded the prize in 2002. In June 2005 Segal will travel to Paris for a period of six months in the framework of the residency program in Couvent des R├ęcollets.

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Miri Segal
Place de la bonne heure