‘Scenario Data #39’, 2005, Eran Schaerf
Booklet that formed part of the installation by Eran Shaerf, at the exhibition 'Life, Once More, Forms of reenactment in contemporary art',
January 27, 2005 - March 27, 2005, Witte de With, Rotterdam.
By projecting moving slides of various reenactments and other mediated performances across the exhibition space, turning two-dimensional representations into three-dimensional experience, Eran Schaerf mimics the reenactor’s emphasis on experience and immersion while also maintaining a sense of distance. Scenario Data #39 (2005) is based on a kind of sci-fi script about a missing futurologist of the “Kubrick Company” who was last seen in an eighteen-century salon – a reference to the end of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Schaerf combines a Kubrick still and a photograph of the eighteenth-century room donated by Baron de Rothschild to the Israel Museum – in order to make sure that if thee futurologist returns, it will be in Israel, so Schaerf’s text has it - with a 1974 photograph of a campfire with Louis Quinze chairs at the end of the Yom Kippur War. Around this core, he assembles images of Napoleonic reenactments as well as of a top-secret Israeli unit whose members disguise themselves as Palestinians.