18:18:18 (2018) is a sequence of eighteen time-based works that exist in the cracks between cinema and photography. In the spirit of Andy Warhol's durational cinema, each film is comprised of a single take exactly 18 minutes, 18 seconds and 18 milliseconds long, creating a non-narrative visual meditation in a 1:1 relation between cinematic time and real-world time. Each film was made as an act of witness at a Holocaust site––the number 18 corresponding to the Hebrew word "chai," life. Purely observational in method, enact a practice of mindfulness and receptivity toward whatever occurs within a period of time symbolizing life, contemplating the mystery of aliveness and abjection in post-genocidal landscapes of remembering and forgetting. So doing, they give rise to interlinked questions on the practices of memory and of everyday life. What happens to us when we allow ourselves to sit within contemplation of genocidal places? Is the practice of dwelling-in and dwelling-with these places one of memorial loss or gain? What to do with the unitary consciousness of irreconcilable realities?
The films are are designed for installation in a two-channel projection, floor to ceiling on opposite walls of a single large space. They have never been so shown. The pictures on this webpage show stills from each of the films. The project is a companion to Alive and Destroyed: A Meditation on the Holocaust in Time.