Deceased No. 57
Arnon Rabin’s Deceased no. 57 was exhibited at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art in 2017. Staged as part of an exhibition series centered on habitats emptied of their original occupants and purpose, it introduced one such local case study: the old dining room of Kibbutz Giv’at Hashlosha, located just across the street from Petach Tikva Museum of Art.
Via a seven-minute one-shot video installation, Rabin unfolds the history of the dining room through the chronicles of the Canary palm planted next to it. The tree was infested with the red palm weevil and was issued with a removal permit, in which it was referred to as “Deceased no. 57.”
The soundtrack of the work is based on sound samples produced by a technological development intended to eradicate the pest, which isolates the weevil’s unique sonic frequencies.
Photos: Arnon Rabin, Elad Sarig