Experiments in the Techniques of Awakening Opens at Bezalel Yaffo 23/Jerusalem
Written by: Midnight East
Experiments in the Techniques of Awakening, presented by Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem and Bezalel, Yaffo 23/Jerusalem opened last night, July 15, 2012. Performances, lectures, films and workshops will take place at the Bezalel Yaffo 23/Jerusalem Gallery through August 4, 2012.
From the press release:
In a space designed by Michal Helfman, local and international guests will meet, lead workshops and conduct live performances on themes of physical, spiritual and social awakening.
Participants will include: The Pearl Underground, Public Movement, Slavs and Tatars, The Secular Yeshiva, HaAf magazine, Refugee Support, Empty House, Dani Gal, Palstinema, and more.
If we truly believe in art, then we must think of new ways of making art’s methods of operation applicable to other fields. How to make art a training ground for a particular course of action? What are the current techniques for action, and what can art offer to the new global awakening?
The exhibition, “Experiments in the Techniques of Awakening”, a misquote from Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project, treats non-knowing as a fertile ground for creation. Artists are good at not knowing things and making this state a platform for creative activity. Therefore, in volatile times of transition, we turn to art to provide the tools for playful experimentation, reflection and creation for the public to come.
Team: Dr. Roy Brand, Director and Chief Curator; Sagit Mezamer, Curator and Program Director; Eyal Vexler, Gallery and Production Manager
Central Events during the Exhibition:
July 16-19, 2012
The gallery will host the Secular Yeshiva. Days of study and lectures, sunrise tours and Hafla (festive meal). More details will be provided within the framework of the exhibition.
July 22, 2012, 18:00
Contemporary Art in Israeli Society – An evening following the texts of Sarah Hinsky. Participants: Prof. Eva Illouz, Professor Shai Lavi, Dr. Roy Brand, Julia Parmanto, Sagit Mezamer.
July 15-29, 2012
The gallery will host the editors of the magazine HaAf (Nose Magazine). Launch event and workshop.
Additional Public Awareness Events
Independent mapping workshop using a kite and a digital camera, from the roof terrace of Jaffa 23 / An archive of political speeches by Dani Gal / Palstinema series, contemporary films from the Arab world / A lecture on refugeedom / Pot-luck dinner of foods from Sudan, Eritrea and Jerusalem.
July 30 to August 4, 2012
A week of performances, activities, workshops and meetings as part of the Under the Mountain festival.
Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 10am-10pm; Friday 10am- 3pm.
Address: Bezalel, Yaffo 23/Jerusalem, Yaffo 23 Street, Main Post Office, Third Floor, Jerusalem, 02-624 9367.