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On the roof

Shatana is a small settlement in Jordan that seems to be isolated from the world. On the roof of one of its houses I placed 25 objects that spin in the wind. The house where I placed the objects is deserted.  Many people have abandoned their houses in Shatana.  

Today is Friday July 6th and the plane in which I was traveling has just landed in Amman. I’m in Jordan because I will take part in the Shatana workshop. In my suitcase I have 121 floppy disks that I had kept in a drawer. A person carrying a sign that bears my name will be waiting for me. On leaving the airport we will do 90 km until we reach Shatana, where friends, the night and the wind wait for me.

The objects I put up on the roof of that house are built of logs, stones, floppy disks, wire and mud. I also used wooden sticks with which the participants of the Shatana workshop dissolved sugar at our breakfast.  They are city and countryside objects, they are public and private objects, they are individual and communal objects, they are small windmills.

On the roof of that house I also placed a wire that draws a tree whose branches connect the windmills to one another and end in 10 lamps of 40 watts which at night light up the movement.

Shatana is a small settlement in Jordan that seems to be isolated from the world, in this place I was happy learning to work with the wind.

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