Time, Space, and 16mm
In the coming months, families will start moving into the first houses in the new Palestinian city Rawabi, north of Ramallah, which is planned to be the home of forty thousand people. Endurance, my new 16mm film, is based on the measurement of space in one of Rawabi’s model apartments, and was made without using a camera.
It shows grayscale rectangles depicting doors, windows, and furniture abstracted from the architectural plan. Every shot represents the length of one wall, using the formula 1 meter=5.4 seconds, when shooting 16mm film at 24fps. In that sense, the duration of the film equals the total length of the apartment and can potentially surround the whole living space.
As technology advances, I feel it is urgent to counter it with the use of 16mm film. This feeling does not stem from nostalgic sentiment or fascination with the unique descriptive qualities of celluloid but rather from the belief that only the cinematic apparatus can embody such an interesting relation of space and time. Endurance is a severe consideration of the space of filming and the duration of viewing.
—Nir Evron, artist and filmmaker based in Tel Aviv. Evron’s work was included most recently in the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014). Endurance premiered last summer at LA-M-ART in Los Angeles.