Local Music Machine
Shown in Kav 16 Gallery
Shimshony's work presents a local version of the American traditional jukebox sound machine from the 60's and 70's. Rachel, Ilanit, Sammy, Abraham, Miriam, Tzipora and Simcha perform, from a wide repertoire, songs which are close to their hart, well and less known. Shimshony intentionally moves away from the elegant aesthetics of the original jukebox sound machines, choosing to use a formalistic and materialistic language composed by local motives such as color plastic buttons and little metal plates on which the singer's names are chiseled – a colorful aesthetic remainder of post boxes and intercom systems form the neighborhood buildings. Nonetheless the decorative richness, characteristic of jukebox machines remains – a system of flickering led color lights, seduces and invites the wide public to approach and activate the music machine which offers a variety of songs, a nostalgic integrated essence of joy and sadness. Local Music Machine restores the lost glory of the traditional jukebox that was replaced through time by newer technologies.
(Gilad Fried - image & model design, Yair Uziel - electronics and computer programming, Eyal Weiss - musical processing and production).