Three audio pictures with photos of a border strip and Old Testament texts on migration
in 2018, hennric jokeit, a photo artist and neuroscientist based in zurich, spent a few days in the vast, deserted southwest of the greek island of rhodes. it is only 20 kilometers from the turkish coast. the beaches are flat and the land sparsely populated. on a stretch of beach less than 200 meters long, he discovered dozens of sandals, shoes and flip-flops, mostly in pitiful condition, not a single pair to be found among them. they were “made in syria”, “china”, “turkey”, “south africa”.
in the three audio images, the photographs of these finds come together with text excerpts — read by the actresses elisa plüss and susanne-marie wrage — from the old testament around themes of flight, conquest and migration and condense in experimental video art aesthetics by elvira isenring and a sound composition by rolf laureijs into a touching and somber work.
The premieres of Transit Rhodes took place digitally in three parts:
Part I (FRIGHT): April 23, 2020
Part II (FIGHT): April 24, 2020
Part III (FLIGHT): April 25, 2020 | 8 p.m. each
Photographs: Hennric Jokeit
Voice actresses: Elisa Plüss, Susanne-Marie Wrage
Video: Elvira Isenring
Sound: Rolf Laureijs
Dramaturgy: Hayat Erdoğan
Concept & Composition: Hennric Jokeit, Hayat Erdoğan, Elvira Isenring, Rolf Laureijs