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A new exhibition entitled Solar Guerrilla: Constructive Responses to Climate Change will open July 18, 2019, at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The exhibition, which is the first of its kind in the world to address the issue of climate change from the perspective of cities as tools for instigating change, showcases a series of interdisciplinary collaborations with a range of public and private institutions, commercial companies, and professionals from around the world. This includes thirty participants and thirty-five case studies from cities including, among others, New York, Chicago, Copenhagen, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Masdar, and Tel Aviv. 
 
Tel Aviv Museum of Art Director Tania Coen-Uzzielli: “Extreme climate events, which are growing increasingly frequent, are among the most urgent concerns currently faced by our world. The term “climate change” – which refers to the outcomes of both natural forces and human actions – brings together a wide range of environmental, social, political and economic scenarios that point to the severity and extent of this phenomenon. Given the limited amount of time remaining to instigate significant change, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art has sought to contribute to the public discourse on this subject through an exhibition and book.
 
Solar Guerrilla: Constructive Responses to Climate Change presents new activist developments and innovations in the fields of architecture and design. This project partakes of the museum’s larger commitment, in parallel to both global and local discourses, to exploring our relationship to the environment through a series of projects in the fields of architecture and design, art and craft.” 
 
Efficient solutions to climate change concerns may be found on a local level, where the engagement of urban communities may prove to be effective in combating environmental damage. Cities can serve as laboratories for experimenting with solutions and lively hubs for the generation of new ideas, offering fertile ground for collaborations and initiatives. “Solar Guerrilla: Constructive Responses to Climate Change” addresses an approach involving multiple possibilities for climate-related actions, most notably in the context of individual cities. 
 
The exhibition – and the English-Hebrew language book which is published by Hirmer Publishers – is organized into six thematic chapters/sections, whose titles are borrowed from contemporary discourses prevalent among active architectural firms or utopian architects, city planners and landscape architects, activists and the developers of various apps, the environmental departments of municipalities, technology companies, product designers and science-fiction writers. 
 
 
 Each chapter/section presents a professional approach – social, political, environmental, or technological – which promotes a different relationship with our planet:
 
1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius (addressing global warming)
SolarPunk (offering accessible sources of green and renewable energy to urban populations most in need)
Sponge City (cutting-edge, sustainable methods for managing potential floods and using the water to promote urban development; methods for creating potable water in arid areas)
Anti-Smog (strategies designed to reduce, or even eliminate, the emission of polluting gasses that contribute to the creation of smog)
Sunroof (exploiting solar energy as an efficient substitute for fossil fuels)
Passive House (voluntary building standard for energy efficiency in a building, neighborhood, district or entire city, which significantly reduces its ecological footprint.)
 
Cities can serve as laboratories for experimenting with solutions and lively hubs for the generation of new ideas, offering fertile ground for collaborations and initiatives. This project is concerned with cities as tools for instigating change. The exhibition features a range of possible initiatives adapted to specific geographical environments: some of them are currently being implemented in different cities around the world, others will be implemented in the future, and yet others will remain utopian suggestions. 
 
Leading international architectural firms participating include, among others, WOHA (Singapore); Turenscape – Kongjian Yu (China); The Big U (New York and Copenhagen); Third Nature (Copenhagen); and Foster + Partners (London), as well as cooperation with, among others, MIT,  the UN Climate Change Secretariat, American science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson, American environmentalist Bill McKibben and Israel-based Breezometer and SolarEdge Technologies.
 
Click here for a detailed digital press kit, including images with credit for free download. 
 
Exhibition curator: Maya Vinitsky, Design and Architecture Department
 
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Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, Atlanta, will deliver the keynote address at the 27th Annual B'nai B'rith World Center Award for Journalism on "Old Wine in New Bottles: Antisemitism in the Contemporary World." The event noting outstanding journalism in Israel will take place at 7:30 p.m. July 3rd at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem.

Winners of the 2019 Award for Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage, in memory of Wolf and Hilda Matsdorf, are Antonia Yamin, chief Europe correspondent for KAN - Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation (for broadcast media), and Zvika Klein, Jewish World correspondent for Makor Rishon and NRG360 (for print media). A certificate of merit in memory of Luis and Trudi Schydlowsky will be conferred on Attila Somfalvi, lead anchor of ynet news.

 A special citation for Fostering Israel-Diaspora Relations through the Arts will be presented to singer, actor and Israel Prize laureate Yehoram Gaon.

Lipstadt writes on the Holocaust and contemporary Jewish life. In her best-known book, “History on Trial” (2005), Lipstadt chronicled the London courtroom battle that erupted when English author David Irving, a Holocaust denier, filed a libel suit against her in the United Kingdom for having called him a Holocaust denier. After a 10-week trial, Irving lost his case, and the proceedings exposed the true depth of his association with neo-Nazi groups. “History on Trial” became the basis for the critically acclaimed 2016 feature film “Denial,” starring Rachel Weisz. 

Her recent book, “Antisemitism: Here and Now” (2019), addresses the ever-present danger of anti-Semitic hatred and violence.  It has already been translated into German and Hebrew and was an Amazon best-seller. 

Yamin will receive the award for a series of reports on Jewish life in Great Britain and Austria and on anti-Semitism in Germany. Klein will receive the award for his series Distant Relatives (https://distantrelatives.makorrishon.co.il/) that explored Israel and Jewish American relations. Somfalvi will receive a certificate of merit for a series of reports and commentaries on the relationship between Israel and American Jewry.

Gaon, 2004 Israel Prize winner for Hebrew song, is an iconic Israeli singer, actor, producer, TV and radio host and public figure. Throughout a career that has spanned six decades, Gaon has been responsible for countless hit songs, plays and movies that have become woven into the common culture of Israel and Diaspora Jewry. The son of an educator and historian, Gaon has taken profound interest in promoting Jewish historical themes and in engaging with Jewish audiences around the world. Gaon’s civic career also shows a profound dedication to Sephardic and Ladino heritage.

B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Visit www.bnaibrith.org

 

Courtesy: Bnai Brith world center.

The picture Of Yehoram Gaon – Ilan Bsor.

 

 

 

In light of the dazzling success of the "Arabesque" Acre Festival for classical Arabic and Andalusian music last year, the festival is being launched once again!
The event will take place throughout the city, between 11-15.6.19.19 - Attached is a press release and photos for your use.

The event will last for 5 days of live performances by the best artists of the genre - Sarit Hadad, Miri Mesika, the Jerusalem Orchestra and more - http://www.arabesquefestival.com<http://www.arabesquefestival.com/>
This is a very interesting and distinguished music festival, in which Arabs and Jews play together, so does the audience, both Jews and Arabs.
The festival will be held under the general direction of Albert Ben-Shloosh, CEO of Acre Municipality and under the artistic direction of the musician, composer and conductor - Tom Cohen.

According to the Artist, Composer and Conductor of the "Al Maseye Group" – Kamil Sharjawi –
"Music is the language of cultures and peoples, it is the nourishment of the soul and the soul, and it is a language that crosses borders and reduces gaps,
It connects the members of that society and gives us peace that undoubtedly affects our daily behavior in order to build a promising generation that has grown up on the values ​​of brotherhood and honor.
Those who grew up on the love of music will never be able to fight violence, racism, and hate. "

About the "Arabesque" Acre Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OyZi0MOFd4

 

The Arabesque Acre Festival – 2019

The International Festival of Classical and Andalusian Arabic Music, under the artistic direction of Tom Cohen, will be held for the second year in the Crusader fortress in Old Acre and throughout the city.

 

The festival will host leading artists from Israel and abroad: Sarit Hadad, Miri Mesika, Jerusalem East and West Orchestra, Firqat El Nour Orchestra, Raymond Abecassis, Mike Karutchi, Violet Salameh, Sanaa Marahati, the "Al-Masaia Orchestra of Nazareth" conducted by Kamil Shagrawi and others.

Arabesque Festival 2019, Acre - Tuesday- Saturday, June 11-15

The Arabesque Festival, the Acre International Festival of Classical and Andalusian Arabic Music, will take place for the second year in the unique city, creating a diverse and historic setting that is thousands of years old, alongside a modern and new landscape. For five days, June 11-15, the festival will feature authentic Arabic and Andalusian music and will give the audience a glimpse of its roots and history, alongside the story of Acre and its residents - Jews and Arabs, secular and religious, new and veteran immigrants who are living together in a shared existence.

 

The festival, under the artistic direction of Maestro Tom Cohen, will host multiple leading Israeli and international artists in the Crusader fortress in Acre. Alongside diverse music that Mediates disagreements and conflicts, and provides a fruitful and enriching discourse, that focuses on the cultural layer and the common roots.

 

The Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra – "Firqat El Nour", which consists of ultra-Orthodox Jews and Arabs, will open the first evening of the festival (Tuesday, June 11, 20:00). They will host the great diva of Moroccan poetry in Israel, Raymond Abecassis, who is widely admired in Morocco and in Moroccan communities around the world, Mike Karutchi, one of the greatest Moroccan singers in Israel, who was awarded the recognition of the King of Morocco, and the successful poet Moshe Locke. Together they will perform some of the best folk songs from Morocco.

 

The 20-years-old "Al-Masaia Orchestra of Nazareth", conducted by the virtuoso violinist Kamil Shragawi, who plays innovative adaptations for classical Arabic music with elements from the pop and rock world, will perform on the second night of the festival (Wednesday, 12.6, 20:00). A tribute to the great Lebanese and Syrian singers with the popular singers in the Arab sector - Louis Saruji, Haitham Jishi and Nancy Hawa.

 

The Jerusalem East and West Orchestra conducted by Tom Cohen, will host a women's poetry performance on the third night of the festival (Thursday, 13.6, 20:00), with Sarit Hadad, Miri Mesika, Violet Salameh - one of Umm Kulthum's most respected performers in the Arab world today, and the beloved Moroccan singer - Sanaa Marahati, which will come especially for the festival. The four giant stars will all sing in Hebrew, classical Arabic, Moroccan Arabic and more.

 

In addition, the festival will include a master class for the children of the municipal conservatory in Acre, with international kamancheh artist Elad Levy, senior violinist Fadel Manna, and cellist Mayo Shviro. In addition, a symposium entitled "Music and a Shared Culture" will be held under the guidance of Tom Cohen, with the participation of Prof. Taysir Elias, Prof. Joseph Sheetrit and Paul Dahan. Every evening of the festival, there will be street performances of authentic Berber music from Marrakesh, and on Saturday a magnificent "Kabbalat Shabbat" and a Shabbat of prayers and "Piyyutim" with liturgical poets Lior Elmaliach, Yaniv Madar, Sinai Edri, Mordechai Elharar and Moshe Locke in various synagogues in the city.

Mayor of Acre and Chairman of the Arabesque Festival, Shimon Lankri: "We are proud to host the festival for the second year in a row, which already has become a tradition for our city. Acre is a symbol of coexistence hence deserves the most, to be the place that presents the rich contribution of classical Arab and Andalusian music to Israeli culture. The audience that will arrive at the festival will enjoy the city's landscapes, the amazing atmosphere, and the emotional and soul levels that the participating artists will demonstrate in street performances and other activities".

 

Festival Director - Albert Ben Chelouche: "The second Arabesque festival takes place in the Crusader fortress in Acre and reunites all again, for a celebration of authentic music and sounds that incorporate layers of rich culture in all its components. The sounds that will be performed in Acre during the five days of the festival, are the result of a unique artistic work, weaving its way through all the sounds of Arab and Andalusian music into one big melody that can only exist in Acre. We hope that this celebration will continue to unite people and contribute to the sense of brotherhood because this is the only choice".

 

Artistic director of Arabesque, Tom Cohen: "We are proud to announce the second edition of this important artistic and cultural festival. This year we will all celebrate together - the residents of the city of Acre along with all the residents of the country and dear guests from abroad - the culture and the traditions shared by all of us and all the neighbors around us, a celebration that is so required to take place in this beautiful and historic city. Happy holiday!".

 

For more information about the festival's events - click here.

 

Photo credit Festival Arabesque  Acre – 2019

 

 

 

 

 Jerusalem Design Week is initiated by the Hansen House for Design, Media, and Technology (www.hansen.co.il), and is taking place between June 13-20, 2019 in Jerusalem. Last years events (2016- 2018), were very successful with over 20,000 visitors during the week and a diverse program of exhibitions, conferences, workshops, and performances both from local and international designers.

As part of the yearly theme of EAST, Jerusalem Design Week sees great importance and opportunity with projects exploring the Eastern European context.

Kajet is a Romanian based journal focused on research into eastern European encounters, founded and led by Petrica Mogoș andLaura Naum. Following their second issue dealing with Utopias and Eastern futurism, Kajet was invited to create an interactive installation, ”Histories of Easternfuturism”, dealing with the past and future of eastern Europe in general and Romania specifically. Using archive and pop materials, Kajet would create a series of videos exploring those contrasts, while inviting visitors to place themselves inside those scenes through an interactive experience. The Romanian project ”Histories of Easternfuturism” will be presented as part of an international section, in a specific space dedicated to it, next to representatives from India, Japan, and China.

 

 

”Histories of Easternfuturism” Kajet

”Histories of Easternfuturism” is a critical lens into the past and future of Eastern Europe. With its narratives that visually unfold the contradictions of the region, the video installation relies on a collaborative effort between machine and audience, between technology and its users.

The immediacy of feedback – this back and forth ludic ploy – is invaluable, as the reciprocal loop of participation represents the exchange that puts the whole installation into motion. In order for the narratives to be deconstructed, and for the meaning to be produced, ”Histories of Easternfuturism” raises the following questions: Who chronicles history and for whom? How do we interact with recent history and how do we make sense of the past? How do we decode archival footage and how do we use public interconnection in order to produce meaning?

Jerusalem Design Week - opening hours:
Thursday, June 13, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Friday, June 14, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, June 15, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sun – Thur, June 16-20, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

https://www.jdw.co.il/

 

 

The Jerusalem Design Week has been held under the management of the Hansen House Center for Design, Media and Technology since 2011. Hansen House hosts a spectrum of diverse activities throughout the year to promote the design sector in Jerusalem and in Israel. Jerusalem Design Week is the main event in Hansen House’s tapestry of annual activities and constitutes its flagship project, as the largest and most influential public design event in Israel. In 2016, the Jerusalem Design Week expanded and became an international event that takes place in several locations throughout Jerusalem, and offers a multitude of events, performances, and local and international design exhibitions. Each year, the Jerusalem Design Week focuses its attention on a central theme that examines particular situations of international relevance specific to Jerusalem and/or Israel, with the idea that the cultural landscape unique to Israel and Jerusalem allows for this kind of living laboratory to explore urgent global issues, and with the belief that design must respond to such issues. Jerusalem Design Week is an initiative of the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage Affairs and The Jerusalem Development Authority. The event is supported by The Jerusalem Foundation and managed by the Ran Wolf Company.

 

About  the Romanian Cultural Institute 

With its central headquarters in Bucharest, the Romanian Cultural Institute evolved continuously over the past years and today it is represented in 19 major cities abroad: Berlin, Beijing, Brussels, Budapest, Szeged, Chisinau, Istanbul, Lisbon, London, Madrid, New York,

Photo & Poster provided by the Romanian Cultural Institute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Fair 2019, the largest and most influential annual art and design fair in Israel kicks off!

The fair will take place between May 30th and June 3rd, 2019 in a new and particularly fresh format:

Fair and Gallery Weekend – a celebration of art and culture at Expo Tel Aviv, and in addition – throughout Tel Aviv-Yafo!

The Fair takes place with the support of UBS, the world’s largest wealth management provider, and in collaboration with Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and Expo Tel Aviv.

 

The largest art event in Israel comes out of the complex and spreads over Tel Aviv

 

The special opening event will take place on Thursday, May 30th, 20:30-23:00 at Expo Tel Aviv, featuring: 

Main musical performance with the singer Adi Ulmansky, live shows, unique performances, and a chance to see and purchase art on the fair’s first evening.

The Fair – the Main Event at Expo Tel Aviv

On Thursday-Monday, May 30th-June 3rd, Fresh Fair returns once again to Expo Tel Aviv. The complex will feature new and exciting exhibitions in Fresh Fair’s unique formats: Independent Artists’ Greenhouse; Fresh Design Complex, which this year will include the Lottery Design Greenhouse; New Media and Video Area curated by the CCA – Center of Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv; projects in the community; and a central multidisciplinary exhibition.

The main exhibition brings together local and international artists and serves as a platform for a dialogue surrounding the increasing exchange and percolation between art, design, craft, and technology. Presented side by side, the works in the various mediums and by different artists set out to unravel the distinctions between categories and weave a rich and pluralistic experience.

The exhibition features Barak Chamo (Israel-New York) with an interactive site-specific installation, Talia Mukmel (Israel) and Tzuri Gueta (Israel-France) with new artworks created especially for the fair in unique techniques they developed, Nobuhiro Nakaishi (Japan), who presents a large photographic installation, and other surprising exhibits.

Also at the fair: a surprising exhibition by Israeli artist Arie Aroch, a one person show of Sapir College Art School graduate, special projects by Gottesman Etching Center Kibbutz Cabri, Martha Rieger, and Zemack Contemporary Art Gallery. As part of Fresh Fair’s ongoing collaboration with Budapest Art Market, and with the support of the Hungarian Embassy on the occasion of the Hungarian Culture Year in Israel, the fair presents Focus on Hungary: the group exhibition The Viewer curated by Fruzsina Kigyós.

New features added to Fresh Fair this year include: a special project combining the innovative technology of Kornit Digital with the fashion of Maskit, Greenhouse Graduates Focus – solo exhibitions by five artists, the Israeli Lottery Council Design Greenhouse – which will present six emerging designers, and a stage for performances and shows by the Choreographers Association.

Fresh&Live!, a new feature at the fair, offers durational artworks that create experiences that change and develop over time, and a performance art program: every day throughout the fair, between 18:00-21:00, Fresh Fair will come to life at several simultaneous locations, offering visitors an extraordinary and exciting one-off experience of events, performances, and diverse shows!

 

 

The Satellite – Gallery Weekend in Tel Aviv-Yafo:

From Friday to Sunday, May 31th-June 2nd, 2019, satellite exhibitions will take place in ten hotspots throughout Tel Aviv-Yafo – clusters of exhibitions and projects led by top galleries in Tel Aviv, and in collaboration with museums and alternative display venues, hotels, boutiques, and restaurants – who will open their doors for a celebration of art and design in Tel Aviv-Yafo.

The satellite exhibitions and events at Fresh Fair Gallery Weekend include:

An exhibition of the artist duo FAILE at Gordon Gallery, a solo show by Shirley Wegner and a special exhibition of the gallery artists for Fresh Paint at Rosenfeld Gallery, a solo exhibition by painter Roni Taharlev at Rothschild Fine Art, a group show at Givon Gallery, and a solo exhibition by Chinese artist Yan Xing at Dvir Gallery.

A group show curated by Greenhouse graduate Netta Laufer will be on view at Almacen. Group shows will also take place at Mika and Gal Gaon galleries. NOX Contemporary Art & Design Gallery will feature a solo exhibition by Italian photographer John R. Pepper. Zadik Gallery will present a solo exhibition by painter Amnon Yuhas. GINA Gallery will feature a group exhibition of naïve artists from Brazil and Argentina.

Kuchinate - African Refugee Women's Collective in collaboration with Greenhouse graduate Gil Yefman (winner of 2018 Rappaport Prize) will present a large-scale mobile created especially for Fresh Fair. In addition, the collective’s studio will hold an exhibition of mobiles created by the women in the collective, curated by Tamar Lamdan and Carmit Shine. The artists of the Jerusalemite collective Agripas 12 will be featured at Kiryat Hamelacha with a collaborative project, and Romania-based artists collective Apparatus 22 will create a site-specific installation at the Romanian Cultural Institute.

A special pop-up of art and design at Tel Aviv Port, at Bait BaNamal, The Box and other surprising venues. In Old Jaffa, the fair will take part in Atar program, the Street Gallery, Ilana Goor Museum, Sind Studio, Aspis Gallery, Rezort Gallery, and others. Omer Tiroche Gallery will feature the artist Yael Barlev, and a solo exhibition by Greenhouse graduate Liat Segal will be on view at Galerie Charlot for Digital Art on Kedumim Square.

Schechter Gallery presents a trilogy by artists Nezaket Ekici and Shahar Marcus. Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center presents solo shows by artists Walter McConnell and greenhouse graduate Liav Mizrahi, and a duo exhibition by Noa Fein and Lior Vagima. A farewell group exhibition will be held at Beit Tami in Shenkin Garden curated by Carmit Blumensohn. Under 1000 Art Gallery presents a site specific interactive installation with artists Larry Abrahamson, Ayelet Hashahar Cohen, Limor Tamir, Shahar Avnet, and more. The Print House presents an exhibition in their new expanded space, and artist Batia Shani will launch a new space with an exhibition of her works.

Collaborations with The Norman Hotel Art Collection and DocAviv the Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival at Tel Aviv Cinematheque and Tel Aviv Museum of Art. COS the international fashion brand will launch the first artistic collaboration in Israel with multidisciplinary artist Ohad Benit, like the collaborations it debuts every year at Milano Design Week. Artist David Adika joins forces with Verner boutique. Jewelry designers Adi & Shay Lahover present a collaborative project with Greenhouse graduate, the artist Ophra Eyal. The new video art gallery at Sura Mare will present a solo exhibition by video artist Andres Gurwicz, and the Cuckoo’s Nest will feature a solo exhibition by Greenhouse graduate Yael Ben David. Special exhibition and projects by Greenhouse graduates will also pop up at Hanna House, Story showroom and other surprising venues throughout Tel Aviv.

Magasin III Jaffa features a solo show of international artist Cosima von Bonin. The MFA program of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design presents its thesis show on 60 Salame Street in Tel Aviv. CCA – Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv features two solo exhibitions by Keren Cytter and Noa Glazer. An art project will take place at the Lighthouse of Brown Hotels, Fresh Fair hospitality partners. 

 

Fresh Fair, established by Yifat Gurion and Sharon Tillinger, in collaboration with the content and creative production company Faza, is the largest and most influential annual art event in Israel. The fair is a meeting place for art lovers and the general public, artists, designers and art professionals, and provides an opportunity to purchase artworks by the finest contemporary artists. Every year, Fresh Fair offers a snapshot of the art and design scenes in Israel.

Ticket: 55 NIS / Price for DigiTel holders: 43 NIS

Opening night ticket: 75 NIS. DigiTel holders: 65 NIS

The fair takes place with the support of UBS – the world’s largest wealth management provider, and in collaboration with Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and Expo Tel Aviv.

A partner of Fresh Fair since 2013, UBS has been collecting contemporary art for over sixty years. This is one of the largest corporate collections and one of the central supporters of cultural institutes in the global contemporary art world. This follows UBS long-standing organization belief that today’s art provides inspiration and encourages innovative thinking.

Foto credit: Eyal Gaziel.