The New Terrorism
The New Terrorism is an educational kit for American schools from the 1970s. It consists of a strip of photo slides, a one-sided record, a booklet and a game. Using examples of current affairs at the time, the kit was used to teach high-school kids about the threat of terrorism. For the work, the film strip was recorded with a video recorder and the footage slowed so the slide show would match the exact length of the album. When played simultaneously the two resources do not synchronize. This de-synchronization interrupts and suspends the viewer’s reading of the footage. The meaning of the document evades its original educational – and sensational – intention and the process of creating certain historical narratives becomes evident.
Dani Gal, born in Jerusalem in 1975, lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design in Jerusalem, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule in Frankfurt and at Cooper Union in New York. His films and works have been shown widely, including the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, the Istanbul Biennale in 2011, New Museum New York in 2012, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, CH in 2013, the Jewish Museum New York in 2014, Berlinale Forum Expanded in 2014, Kunsthaus Zürich in 2015, Kunsthalle Wien in 2015, documenta 14 in 2017, and Centre Pompidou in 2018.