B-M-O-H, 2012
Site specific, Surround sound installation, wood and industrial paint, 120x120x120 cm each block

Huge wooden blocks decorated with letters and a repetitive dragging sound comprise Guy Goldstein’s sculptural installation B-M-O-H (2012). Goldstein draws on the anachronistic museal methodology for inspiration: his blocks are enlargements of small blocks scattered throughout the museum, which are meant to aid the identification of the archaeological findings. After the museum passed from Jordanian to Israeli hands, this space was rearranged so that it underscored a Jewish narrative, which was not particularly emphasized in the museum’s original display. The blocks, which hinder the passage through the space, along with the repetitive sound resonate the way information is presented to the viewer and the way classification and cataloging systems can prevent access to data that they are supposed to organize and make accessible. Goldstein transforms the little blocks that are meant to use as a legend into a Kafkaesque theatrical element. The size of the blocks, the three languages and the ceaseless sounds of arrangement create an absurd mechanism that hints at the endless possibilities for arranging, cataloging and interpret.