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, they enact a space 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.

Șimleu Silvaniei, Romania / Unmarked site of the ghetto/transit camp for the Jews of Șimleu Silvaniei.


Zhovkva, Ukraine / Site of the mass grave of the Jews of Zhovkva and surrounding region.


Budapest, Hungary / The last surviving fragment of the ghetto wall, reconstructed in the last decade.


Lviv, Ukraine / Unmarked site of the destroyed Great City Synagogue.


Kraków, Poland / The longest surviving fragment of the ghetto wall, whose scalloped design morbidly recalls Jewish tombstones.


Rava Ruska, Ukraine / Unmarked site of one of the town's largest synagogues.


Kiev, Ukraine / The Babi Yar ravine, site of the massacre of the city's Jews.


Rava Ruska, Ukraine / One of several remote mass graves for the Jews of Rava Ruska, with a concrete memorial but no signage.


Lviv, Ukraine / Unmarked site of the Great Suburban Synagogue.


Zhovkva, Ukraine / Mass grave in the town's destroyed cemetery––the precise location of the mass grave now a garbage dump.


Vežaitine forest, Lithuania / Marked site of the mass grave of the Jews of the small town of Gargždai.


Baia Mare, Romania / Unmarked site of the ghetto/transit camp of the Jews of Baia Mare.


Câmpulung Moldovenesc, Romania / Partially destroyed Jewish cemetery of the town of Câmpulung Moldovenesc in southern Bukovina.


Kraków, Poland / One of the famous intersections in the city's ancient Jewish district, Kazimierz, where Corpus Christi Street meets Rabbi Meisels Street.


Lviv, Ukraine / Unmarked site of the Or Shemesh synagogue.


Satu Mare, Romania / In the reconstructed center of what was the Jewish quarter, still containing one of the city's synagogues.


Varėna, Lithuania / Mass grave of the Jews of Varėna, deep in the forest outside of the town.


Kharkov, Ukraine / Drobitysky Yar, massacre site of the city's Jews.

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