Canicule: [kanikyl] nom féminin : scorching heat, heat wave, midsummer heat; dog days plural.
From Falls like Rain by Francis Mckee. 2004
“...The Canicule in France was one of these extraordinary weather events. Charged with significance beyond the facts of a summer heat wave, the memory of the phenomenon became emblematic of a period of catastrophic history, reflecting the anxieties of western cultures teetering on the brink of a new, uncertain world orderThe images in Nira Pereg’s Canicule (2004) amplify this confusion. Scenes of celebration seem to sit side by side with moments of profound gloom. There is an elegiac quality in the rhythm of her editing - the slowed figures, repeated scenes, long fades and stretched, bellowing voices all memorialise the action. Though looped, there is a definitive moment when all three projections show only the red background and digital rain. This marks a beginning or end and subsequent fades carry the suggestion of chapters opening and closing within a remembered narrative. We remain uncertain, however, as to what exactly is unfolding in the situation before us. After a while, it is the hypnotic rhythm of the images, the reflected light and the darkness that holds us.”
Falls like Rain By: Francis Mckee
Exhibition at Braverman Gallery.
2003 | canicule | Three channel demo | 29 MIN.loop > Edition of 7+2AP
CANICULE Installation documentation at Braverman Gallery Solo show 2004
Publisher: Tel Aviv Museum of Art. March 2011
Soft Cover: 170 pages
Language: English & Hebrew
ISBN : 978-965-91706-0-9
Dimensions: 27 x19 cm
Shipping Weight: 1 KG
Design by: Nadav Shalev