"The scruffy backstreets surrounding the central market in Jewish West Jerusalem were an endless source of fascination for me. All the mechanics of everyday life - the air conditioning units, cables and pipes are on display like a crazy, rusty scrap heap. The title refers, on its most simplistic level, to the essential function of the ubiquitous ac units to combat the intense heat of the long middle eastern summer. However, on another level I wanted to convey the feeling of claustrophobia that prevails there. An already small country is divided into even smaller areas by both (extremely) visible and invisible cultural, political and religious borders which people either cannot or dare not cross. The famous graffiti on the separation wall reads ‘one wall, two prisons.’ Completely by chance, the random scrap of Hebrew newspaper I used in the background texture features a story (unbeknown to me) about Alcatraz, the maximum security prison.."