TALI KEREN

Tali Keren

UN-CHARTING, 2021-Ongoing 





Un-Charting, 2021-ongoing. 180-degree curved screen with 3D animation. Still from 20 minutes 4k video. Installation view.



Un-Charting , 2021- . 180-degree curved screen with 3D animation. Still from 20 minutes 4k video. 

Un-Charting , 2021-Ongoing. A 180-degree curved screen with 3D animation. Still from 20 minutes 4k video.


Un-Charting , 2021-Ongoing. A 180-degree curved screen with 3D animation. Still from 20 minutes 4k video. 




5 meter x 3 meter floor vinyl reproduction of an 18th-century drawing by Richard Brothers. Inkjet laser print. Installation view of the exhibition entrance.



Detail fromfloor vinyl reproduction of an 18th-century drawing by Richard Brothers. Inkjet laser print.

UN-CHARTING - Project Description

 

Anchored in historical research and incorporating documentary interviews, Un-Charting examines imperial myths and fantasies that have shaped and allowed for colonial expansion, institutional violence, and indigenous Palestinian erasure in Israel/Palestine. This piece researches the deep connections between Western Evangelical Protestantism and Zionism, and their shared political theology.

At the heart of Un-Charting is a video installation set up as an immersive gaming simulator. The narrative of the projected video is based on the real words of British colonial naval officer Richard Brothers. Brothers, who comes to us from the year 1798, welcomes the viewer to discover his prophecy for the Holy Land. Brothers introduces the viewer to his plan for the city of Jerusalem, a place he imagined in detail but had never visited. Brothers’ plan, created while he was hospitalized for a mental illness, expands beyond historical Palestine into Persia and Europe.In Un-Charting, Keren edits together segments of Brothers’ imperial hallucinations and considers them in light of American Evangelical political theology and the historical specificity Israel/Palestine, weaving his words in with contemporay interviews and footage. 

Through this layering of trans-national sources, archival documents, science fiction aesthetics, gaming animation and documentary material, Un-Charting aims to offer a platform for reflection on the processes of decolonization within a global framework. Unpacking the real-life consequences for how one understands landscape legacies, the work invites viewers to disrupt the cartography of place-based myth.


Un-Charting is the third chapter of a trilogy which includes, The Great Seal, 2016-2018, and Heat Signature, 2018.
Un-Charting will be shown in its completed iteration at the James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center in 2023.

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Un-Charting, 2021-ongoing
A film by Tali Keren

Director of Animation: Ayelet Shoval
Script Development: Tali Keren and Nir Shauloff
Dramaturgy: Nir Shauloff
Voice Actress: Lottie Beck Johnson
Lead Animator and 3D modeling: Ayelet Shoval
Supporting Animators: Riccardo Zagorodnev and Aviel Golan.
Production: Aviel Golan
Sound Design and Mix Engineer: Micha Gilad
Compositing: Ayelet Shoval, Omri Schick, Riccardo Zagorodnev




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