SXSW Art Program – Conductors and Resistance by Ronen Sharabani
SXSW – Austin Convention Center
Photography by Jim Chapin
“Conductors of Resistance” is made up of imagery shot at the rear of Israeli artist Ronen Sharabani’s studio, which was at one time a working and thriving weaving factory. The images show the weaving machines along with the wool yarn that was left behind long after the factory ceased operation. These items are depicted alongside electrical wires which are meant to imply the fundamental turbulence between conductors and resistance.
The work calls for viewers’ intervention in conflicted situations. Sharabani seeks to use the confusion between conductors and resistance, to urge the observer to increase the currents of action in regions of high resistance. Conflict takes place where the energy flow is not sufficient enough to cause a reaction, thus necessitating human interference to relieve the closed-off position.
The work is a continuation of Sharabani’s previous works, large-scale public installations that dealt with the individual’s place in society and one’s responsibilities in that society.