Amit Goren & Sarit Shapira
Hilchot Shchenim, Chapter B

One, Two, Three

How can one describe the process in which memory records the coming into the world of triplets? Is giving birth, and in particular giving birth to a threesome, a penetratingly emotional, practical and mental change from whatever preceded it? Or could it be reaching far beyond anything so far, in a manner that merely illuminates whatever preceded it, by turning things already viewed in the past as precious and meaningful into an absolute reality? What exactly are those moments in which our relation as parents to the image of triplets is transformed into contact with one single triplet boy, and another single triplet boy, and yet another unique triplet girl, which cannot be epitomized by a generalizing and all-embracing term?

What is the point in transferring pregnancy and parenthood – experiences that belong to a private, confidential cycle of life – into the public space of media, extroversion, fiction and language. Why is it that out of what there is between us and our children, a world which we experience not requiring reflexivity and reaction, we feel the urge to talk about it, or in other words to distance ourselves from it enough to allow for perspective? When we describe it chronologically (pregnancy, birth, the new-born babies), do we use the familiar pattern of ’before’ and ’after’ even when we tell about our life with our children, in which we often perceive only emerging and intensive present moments, unrelated to any previously known circumstances? Could this be the reason why only moments that flicker out of the ’before’ and ’after’ are worthy of describing a reality and intimacy that have nothing in common with their own representation? And what about parenthood? Is it divisive at all, if anything, into a couple’s experience? And what are the shared sounds of polyphony in the voices of a man and a woman who appear to jointly speak about it?
Questions such as these have lead, if not to answers, than to further similar questions that outlined the process behind the video titled “One, Two, Three.” Through this video, we intend to follow the trail of memories of a number of events, to retell them, or maybe even tell something that has nothing in common with them.

Project Curator: Netta Eshel