Birthmark | 2005 | 35 min.
Birthmark (Ketem Leida / Mutterfleck) is a video work optimized for two synchronized projections. The artists refer to "Ketem Leida" as “documentary video-art.”
It follows the stories of two different places: a small town (“Kleinstadt”) in Germany and a village (“Moshav”) in Israel.
The plot goes back and forth between present and past, between personal recollections and collective rituals. The narrations of the two stories are sometimes contrasting and sometimes complementing each other.
The film starts with an allegedly innocent gaze upon two communities, celebrating traditional holidays: the Jewish holiday of Shavuot in Israeland the “Corpus Christ” procession in Germany.
An entire mosaic of human relations is woven into the film, showing people occupied with various activities: plastering, carving, sculpting painting and tattooing.
The further the film moves forward, these occupations turn into symbolic acts. The scenes loose their innocence.
"The artists refer to "Ketem Leida" as “documentary video-art.”
This unique category that consciously mixes the everyday with art, blurring fact with (possible) fiction, does a similar action to that of the work: both alienate that which became canny, possibly too familiar – as Freud’s famous reading of the uncanny goes.
Horodi and Kammerer, an Israeli-German couple , have produced a 36 minutes video, which draws a parallel between the problematic dynamics of memory and forgetting in both Germany and Israel.
Employing a double-screen on which images from the two countries are presented simultaneously allows the viewers to learn about the similar treatment, which can also be referred to as collective amnesia, when it comes to the existence of the past’s remnants amongst the everyday."
[ from: Romi Mikulinsky: "Ruins, History and Paradoxical Memory", Toronto, 2006 ]