The first exhibition: Not Book
With the participation of special guest Kenneth Goldsmith (UbuWeb / NY)
Beit-Ha'ir, Tuesday July 9th, 2013, 8:30pm
In the exhibition Not Book, opening at Beit Ha'ir on July 9th, 2013, we will try to create a world allowing at the same time both the archaic and the hyper-modern – two extremes that will raise fundamental questions in the field of art in the digital age. For this purpose, Beit Ha'ir has invited Kenneth Goldsmith – founder and editor of UbuWeb – the world's largest online archive of avant-garde art. Goldsmith is a famed and esteemed figure in the contemporary art world and in academic and international avant-garde circles, thanks to his innovative concepts.
Goldsmith, born in 1961, leads a contemporary and revolutionary cultural movement: he addresses creation in the digital age in general, and text in particular, asking, what is the meaning of art and of the artist in the internet era? Goldsmith advocates 'uncreative writing', and proposes ideas such as unoriginal creation, how to deal with the surplus and multiplicity of information, collecting information as a creative activity, free culture, tangible text and more.
Together with Kenneth Goldsmith's work, the exhibition Not Book will place at its center the "International Plain Notebook Project", curated by Dr. Guy Morag Tzepelewitz, dedicated to the plain brown notebook. This notebook, associated with the educational system of the early days of socialistic Zionism in Eretz Israel, is a political object of sorts, which like the ideology, faces extinction. The notebook becomes an international creative platform, inviting subconscious connection to free and liberated creation. The brown notebook – which we are familiar with from our first years in school is radically transformed when removed from the ideological Israeli context and put into our current times, in which values of internationalism and individualism are cherished. The project proposes a fresh model for collective, interdisciplinary and universal art, which brings together hundreds of artists from different backgrounds, abolishing the customary hierarchies defined by the art establishment.
Over 350 artists from 45 different countries participate in this wide-scope project, contributing unique pieces in a variety of techniques: two-dimensional, sculptures and 3D, video works and spatial installations. Some of the prominent artists participating in the exhibition are Mark Ulriksen from San Francisco, well-known as the official New Yorker illustrator since 1993; Roger Ballen, an American photographer who mainly photographs residents of rural villages in South Africa, and who has exhibited at the Pompidou Center, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the MoMA; Steingrimur Eyfjord from Iceland, who has participated in the Venice Biennale in 2007; and Nalini Malani from India, a well-known artist whose works are influenced by her experiences as a refugee in India. Some of the prominent Israeli artists are: David Tratakover, Anisa Askar, Doron Rabina, Daniel Landau, Yair Garbuz, Keren Shpilsher, Dina Shenhav, Itzik Rennert, new video works by Shahar Marcus and Ariella Plotkin as well as students from Thelma Yellin and Gymnasia Herzliya including Roei Palant, Maya Pollak and Shanee Roe from the 10th grade, who created a spectacular booklet out of her math notebook from her summer course for students who failed.
"In a digital world, where economic and political forces coerce us to continuously be swept away in the technological whirlwind," Says Ayelet Bitan Shlonsky, Chief Curator and Director of the Bialik Complex, "this exhibition raises questions currently at the center of the art, cultural and social discussion: what is the balance of powers at present between the new and the old media, and where is this heading? What is original creation in the digital era? What is the role of the museum and the curator in an age where hierarchies have blurred, and information is free and available to all?"
Chief Curator and Director of the Bialik Complex: Ayelet Bitan Shlonsky
Curation and art consultant: Claudette Zorea
Curatorial team: Ruth Garon and Yael Mosh | Content Editor Website & Blog: Yamit Shimon
"The International Plain Notebook Project"
Curator: Dr. Guy Morag Tzepelewitz
Assistant Curator: Yifat Sarah Pearl | Photographer: Dov Shechter| Production: Keren Shpilsher
Adam Sher, Israel |Adi Nachshon, Israel | Adi Sened, Israel | Adva Drori, Israel |Ai Ohkawara-Takahashi, Japan | Aksel Erdag, Turkey | Alice Könitz, USA | Alik Korpho, Israel | Allison Katz, USA |Ami Faytchevitz, Israel | Andrea Innocent, Australia | Anisa Ashkar, Israel|Anja Puntari, Italy | Anna King, Scotland | Ant Macari, UK | Arabella Proffer, USA | Ariela Plotkin, Israel |Artists Anonymous, Germany |Assaf Ezra, Israel |Atalia Shachar, Israel| Avi Sabah, Israel | Avishay Ayal, Israel | Aviv Gad Keller, Israel | Aya Nitzan, Israel | Barbara Nessim, USA | Ben, Noa, Daniel, Yonatan and Yossi Lemel, Israel | Bernardita Rakos, Venezuela |Boris Petrovski, Macedonia| Bosem Harel, Israel |Bracha Bien Venida Guy, Israel| Bracha Ettinger, Israel | Brian Cronin, USA| Canuto Kallan, Greece | Carly Schmitt and Sven | B. Mueller, USA | Carmen Garcia Huerta, Spain | Carol Prusa, USA | Chen Leopold, Israel |Chris Spinelli, USA | Clemens Hollerer, Austria | Cristina Paulos, USA |Dan Allon, Israel |Daniel Landau, Israel | Daniel Rorberger, Israel |David Gilhooly, USA |David Tartakover, Israel | Debbie Morag, Israel | Debo Eilers, Germany/ USA | Delphin Zorea, Israel Dike Blair,USA | Dikla Gavish, Israel | Dina Shenhav, Israel | Donna Moran, USA| Dor Guez, Israel | Doron Polak, Israel | Doron Rabina, Israel | Dov Or-Ner, Israel | Dror Aviram, Israel|Dror Karta, Israel | Dvora Morag, Israel | eBoy, Canada | Edel Rodriguez, USA |Eilat Tzin, Israel |Einav Tal, Israel | Eli Gur Arie, Israel | Ella Amitay Sadovsky, Israel |Enrique Chagoya, USA | Erez Israeli, Israel | Ernest Concepcion, USA|Esther Erlich, Australia |Esther Naor , Israel | Esti Drori Hayut, Israel |Ethan Greenbaum, USA | Etienne De Bary, France | Eyal Sudai, Israel | Finley Alec, UK | Francesco Patriarca, Italy | Gabriela Rubin, Israel | Gadi Zeder, Israel | Gal Siag, Israel |Galia Pasternak, Israel |Gary Goldstein, Israel | Genco Gulan, Turkey | George Bates, USA | Gil Naamati, Israel | Gilad Kahana, Israel | Gilit Fischer, Israel|Gudmundur Thoroddsen, Iceland |Guerrilla Girls, USA |Guy Shoham, Israel / UK |Guy Tamam, Israel |Hadas Reshef, Israel | Hagar Nissimov, Israel |Hagar Wertheim, Iarsel | Hagit Shahal, Israel |Haim Senyor, Israel | Haitham Charles, Israel |Harriet Bart, USA |Hava Mehutan, Israel| Heike Lydia Gruess, Germany |Henry Puchert, Germany | Hila Amram, Israel | Hili Emanuel, Israel | Honi Ha-Ma'agel, Israel | Ido Garini, Israel | Ido Zvi Hadar Bercovier, Israel |Ilene Sunshine, USA | Inci Eviner, Israel | Ita Gertner, Israel | Itzik Rennert, Israel |Jacob Gildor, Israel | Jan Freuchen, Norway | Jean-Marie Angles, France | Jennifer Bar Lev, Israel | Jeremyville, USA | Joachim Griess, Berlin | Joep Overtoom, Netherland | John Yonatan Jacoby, Israel | Jorge Tacla, USA | Joseph Daniel Fiedler, USA |Joseph Heidecker, USA | Julia Krewani, Germany | Julie Doucet, Canada |Kama Sokolnicka, Poland | Karolina Avratz, Israel | Karolina Bregula, Poland | Karolina Freino, Poland | Kei Imazu, Japan | Ken + Julia Yonetani, Australia | Keren Shpilsher, Israel | Kerstin Brätsch, USA | Killy Koren, Israel | Koen Vanmechelen, Belgium | Koji Ishikawa, Japan/ USA | Konstantia Sofokleous, Cyprus | Kristina Bozurska, Macedonia | Laura Gorski, Germany | Lea Dayan, Israel | Lee Eun Young, Netherlands | Liat Yaniv, Israel | Lihi Chen, Israel | Lior Har Lev, Israel | Lois Weinberger, Austria | Lucy Siri, Uruguay | Luke Ramsey, Canada |Luna Ballity, Israel | Maayan Nevo, Israel | Marco Zamora, USA | Marietta Hoferer, USA | Marilyn R.Rosenberg, USA | Marisa Boullosa, Mexico | Mark Ulriksen, USA | Markus Vater, Germany | Martin Haake, Germany | Maya Attoun, Israel | Maya Pollak, Israel | Meira Grossinger, Israel | Melanie Yazzie, USA | Merle Temkin, USA | Michael Engel, Israel | Michael Kukla, USA | Mimi S., Germany | Mira Cedar, Israel | Mira Schor, USA | Miriam Gamburd, Israel | Miya Nakajima, Japan | Mor Bauer, Israel | Nalini Malani , India | Naomi – Tabea Buehlmann, Switzerland | Naomi Ziv, Israel | Nima Ktalav, Israel | Nir Adoni, Israel | Nir Alon, Israel/ Germany | Nivi Alroy, Israel | Noa Kedar, Israel | Noam Lehrer, Israel | Nomi Bruckmann, Israel | Nora Kimelman, Uruguay | Nova Jiang, New Zealand | Nufar Liss, Israel |Nurit Izak, Israel | Nzuji De Magalhães, USA | Oded Arama, Israel | Ohad Elimelech, Israel |Olaf Kuhnemann, Germany/Israel | Olga Bergmann, Iceland | Omer Davidov, Israel | On megumi Akiyoshi, Japan/ USA | Ori Toor, Israel | Orit Ishay, Israel | Paul Binnie, UK | Paulo Ayres, Brazil/ Germany | Pedro Lasch, USA | Pei-Shih Tu, China | Perci Chester,USA | Peri Izak and Omer Davidov, Israel | Pesach Slabosky, Israel | Peter Churcher, Spain / Australia | Pincho Casanova, Uruguay | Ramiro Arango, France | Ran Hwang, Taiwan | Rani Sasson, Israel | Ravit Mishli, Israel | Richard E. Prince, Canda | Robyn O'neil, USA | Roei Palant, Israel| Roger Ballen, South Africa | Ronen Raz, Israel | Ronen Sharabni, Israel | Roni Ben Ari, Israel | Roni Reuveni, Israel | Ronny Someck, Israel | Ruth Helvitz Cohen, Israel | Ryan Thayer, USA | Sally Krysztal Kramberg, Israel | Sara Kahana, Israel |Sarah Maple, UK | Sasha Serber, Israel | Sathit Sattarasart, Thiland/ Germany |Scott Helmes, USA | Shahar Marcus, Israel | Shai Schneider, Israel | Shanee Roe, Israel | Sharon B.H, Israel | Sharon Fidel, Israel | Sharon Glazberg and Shay Id Alony, Israel | Shaun Leonardo, USA | Shimon Pinto, Israel | Shirley Tse, USA | Shula Covo, Israel | Signor Gi, Israel | Sima Kirshner, Israel | Simon Spilsbury, UK |SMEAR, USA | Steingrimur Eyfjord, Iceland | Studio MèDusa, Israel | Studio Reddish, Israel | Susan Schwalb, USA | Tal Lotan, Israel | Tali Navon, Israel | Tamar Sheaffer, Israel | Tamar Shefi Berent, Israel | Tara Hardy, Canada | Tassos Papaioannou, Greece | Tatsuya Taniguchi, Japan | Thierry Bisch, France | Tilmann Zahn, Germany | Tokio Maruyama, Japan | Tova Lotan, Israel | V.I.P (Very Important Punks), Germany | Vered Koren, Israel | Vered Nimrod, Israel | Victoria Reva, Israel | Vika Kisliakov, Israel|ViolaYesiltac,Turkey/USA| Wally Aldin Sudan/Israel | WarBoutique,UK|Wi Murray,Germany/Canada | William Burnside Bolton, USA | Wojciech Gilewicz,Poland|Yaara Oren,Israel|Yair Garbuz,Israel|Yasemin Kackar-Demirel, Turkey/USA | Yochai Matos, Israel | Yohei Yashi, Japan/UK | Yojiro Imasaka, Japan | Yonatan Ben Simhon, Israel | Yuji Hiratsuka, Japan/USA | Yuli Johanna Ruppin Kaplan, Israel | Yunmee Kyong, Korea/USA | Yuval Shaul, Israel | Yvonne D'acosta, Uruguay | Zila Friedman, Israel.