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“Image Blockade” depicts a scientific experiment that Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir initiated in collaboration with neuroscientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science.The experiment examines the brain activity responses of 8200 Israel secret elite intelligence unit veterans to a letter of refusal signed by peers in their unit, whose identities were withheld when released in the media in accordance to military censor law. The work explores issues of censorship, the various conventions of image restraints through which it is mediated while examining how involvement in a system of secrecy and in blocking information influences the visual and auditory cortices. More then a scientific inquiry, we use the situation to reflect on issues of insubordination, forms of interrogation and of mediation of testimony, legal and illegal violence and its ties to trying to restrict the power of the image. Also conceptually, as the censorship forbids revealing 8200 faces, we were interested in the different meanings that arise from the choice to show instead the 8200 brains activity, using to an extent their brain as a mask.

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 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

Image Blockade

“Image Blockade” depicts a scientific experiment that Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir initiated in collaboration with neuroscientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science.The experiment examines the brain activity responses of 8200 Israel secret elite intelligence unit veterans to a letter of refusal signed by peers in their unit, whose identities were withheld when released in the media in accordance to military censor law. The work explores issues of censorship, the various conventions of image restraints through which it is mediated while examining how involvement in a system of secrecy and in blocking information influences the visual and auditory cortices. More then a scientific inquiry, we use the situation to reflect on issues of insubordination, forms of interrogation and of mediation of testimony, legal and illegal violence and its ties to trying to restrict the power of the image. Also conceptually, as the censorship forbids revealing 8200 faces, we were interested in the different meanings that arise from the choice to show instead the 8200 brains activity, using to an extent their brain as a mask.

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis