Perpetual Motion of the Fourth Kind

one minute excerpt

The works in the exhibition are a product of a goal I set for myself - to complete a walk around the perimeter of Jerusalem. A course of walk that can be marked on a map, but is not a trail in itself. A walk that is the result of geographic principle, but is devoid of a topographical logic.

Between 1973 and 2019, the perimeter of Jerusalem grew by 142 km.
3 km a year
257 meters a month
8.56 meters a day
35.6 cm an hour
5.93 mm a minute

The perimeter’s growth doesn’t necessarily indicate a growth in the built-up area of the city. It indicates only that larger parts of the city are in proximity to its borders, that more people are living on the boundary of the city, and that the power and significance of the frontier are growing over the city’s interior. That is where the city is defining itself - in its encounter with the unsettled.

The materialization of the perimeter's growth takes place in two new video works shown in the exhibition. The work titled ‘270 km’ presents a video simulation of an Eruv string which grows by 85 meters during the 10 days of the show.

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Shabtai Pinchevsky is a photographer and digital media artist working at the intersection of architecture, archives, technology, and politics. In his works, he uses 3D modeling, mapping, internet-based tools, and more to examine archival photographic materials and their relations to geographies of conflict and displacement, especially in Palestine. His practice is engaged with issues of social justice, human rights, and anti-colonialism, and their application in art and media.