New York

Esti Schur

Bertha Urdang Gallery

By comparison, the recent video installations of the Israeli artist Esti Schur achieve less through more. She is one of a number of artists who have come to video as a means of realizing ideas generated through involvement in other art forms—in her case, dance. Translated/Translocated is a nine-minute, three-channel black and white videotape presented on three monitors. Monitor three (on the left) reveals a close-up image of the body of a dancer—back muscles, limbs, filling the screen. The figure is attempting to “translate” what Schur calls “directive sounds” from the tape on monitor one (on the right)—a pigeon trainer on a rooftop who screams, whistles and claps “signals” to produce varying flight patterns in his birds. In the center monitor, tape two provides a medium shot of the same dancer in a studio; here he acrobatically performs on an orthogonally lined floor in front of two

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