Dani Gal

Chanting Down Babylon

Recorded Accounts of EL AL FLIGHT 1862

A Project by Dani Gal

Eva Birkenstock
Hannes Loichinger

On 4th October 1992, shortly after its take-off from Schiphol Airport, a freight plane owned by Israeli airplane company El Al crashed into a residential complex in Bijlmermeer on the outskirts of Amsterdam smashing the building into two. Based on comprehensive research in Amsterdam, oriented by the atmospheres and worlds of subjective memories and experiences in Chanting Down Babylon, Recorded Accounts of EL AL FLIGHT 1862, various occurences and stories are woven into a complex weave of abstract and formal connections.

For the exhibition in Halle für Kunst Lüneburg (2009) and the subsequent publication project, Dani Gal visited the occupants of the Bijlmermeer district and journalist Vincent Dekker for the purpose of entering into a dialogue with them on the plane crash and the reassembled everyday life in the reconstructed building complex.

This book is published on the occasion of the exhibition »Dani Gal – Chanting Down Babylon« at Halle für Kunst e.V.
(March 29-May 5, 2009)

German / English
ISBN: 978-3-941560-23-9
Softcover, 158 x 238 mm
176 pages
b/w and coloured illustrations
24,80 / 20,00 EUR (members)