Israeli Time, 2015

Interactive installation and questionnaire

Exhibited at The Ethnographic Department, 2015

Concept: Sala-manca | Programmer: Guy Yitzhaki

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“Real time” is an interactive machine that makes part of the sounds shaping Israeli time and pacing conduct according to one’s awareness of the sanctity and meaning of time on the Sabbath, Memorial Day, Holocaust Memorial Day and in times of emergency and war.”

This work is a sound archive that requires the visitor to pay for its function. The price of working the siren is set according to a criteria hierarchy, moving between 5 and 12 NIS.

Towards an updated ethnographic questionnaire (following S. An-ski) 

28 First Questions

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  • How does one tell a Sabbath siren from an emergency or war alarm siren?
  • What do you feel upon hearing a real emergency siren?
  • What do you feel while hearing the Memorial Day siren?
  • What do you feel while hearing the Holocaust Memorial Day siren?
  • What do you feel while hearing the Sabbath siren?
  • When did you last hear an alarm or other siren?
  • What did you do when you heard it?
  • Do you know stories, jokes, or sayings about sirens – alarm or other types? Tell us.
  • What do you tell your child in case of a real alarm siren
  • What do you tell your child in case of a Memorial Day siren?What is his/her answer or question?
  • Do you make sure to hear or find out about a certain situation such as the Sabbath, Memorial Day, Holocaust Memorial Day and war through other means as well? Please elaborate.
  • Could you perform the siren yourself?
  • Do you recall the first time you heard it? What are your recollections of that time?
  •  What happens to the body and mind at the moment of the following types of sirens: Sabbath, Memorial Day, Holocaust Memorial Day, emergency or war.
  • Were we to hear a siren right now, what would you do? What would you do if you were outdoors? In the bathroom?
  • What does the sound of a siren symbolize for you, or remind you of?
  • Have you ever heard similar sounds in other countries? What did you feel then?
  • Do you know the myth of Odysseus relating to the Siren? Please elaborate.
  • Do you need sirens? If so, which? Please explain why.
  • How do you tell them different kinds of sirens apart?
  • What do you think of the effects that sirens have upon Palestinians? Work immigrants? Israeli Jews? Non-Israeli Jews? Foreign tourists? Animals? Children? Politicians? Clergymen? Policemen? Soldiers?
  • Is there a difference in behavior of men and women at the sound of the sirens? Please elaborate.
  • On Memorial Day, upon hearing the siren do you stand? If some people around you do not, what do you think of them or of the State?
  • On Holocaust Memorial Day, upon hearing the siren do you stand? If some people around you do not, what do you think of them or of the State?
  • Upon hearing the Sabbath siren, what are your bodily actions?
  • Upon hearing a real alarm siren, what are your bodily actions?
  • Do you think that the price-hierarchy set for alarms at the ethnographic museum is proper? If not, elaborate.
  • What was the artists’ intention?