Turbulence Commission: “FUJI spaces and other places” by Nurit Bar-Shai


Appropriating, processing, and interweaving several existing webcam feeds of Mount Fuji, “FUJI” is a durational piece for four seasons. “FUJI” examines the authenticity of networked, spatiotemporal experiences of distant nature, sacred sites, and sacred icons. The overwhelming immediacy and delirious variety of live broadcasts available via the Internet, as well as the current incitement to communicate with distant but real subjects alter our experience of space which is invariably mediated through images. In “FUJI”, the gap between the real place and its representation no longer exists. “FUJI” is a voyage across deep time, experienced minute by minute, day by day — a longing for a place that could never be, yet, evidently, always is.


Nurit Bar-Shai is an inter-media artist who composes video and live telematic installations. Her work has been exhibited at the OK-Center in Linz, The National Art Center in Tokyo, SESI Gallery in Sao Paulo, the Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin, The State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki and The Center for Digital Art in Israel, among others. Bar-Shai received a Prix Ars Electronica 2007 Honorary Mention, the 11th Japan Media Arts Festival Jury Award, ETC Finishing Funds award, funded by NYSCA, ARTIS – Contemporary Israeli Art Fund Grant, and was commissioned by Turbulence.org, with funds from The Greenwall Foundation (2006), and with funds from The Jerome Foundation (2009). Bar-Shai has held residencies at the Experimental Television Center, the Makor Steinhardt Center, Harvestworks and the European Lab for Interactive Media Art: eMobiLArt.