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Artist Talk with Kenneth Goldsmith

July 9, 2013, 8:30pm – opening of the first exhibition of the Year of Communication

July 10, 2013, 8:30pm – a meeting with Kenneth Goldsmith, open to the public 

"The world is full of texts, more or less interesting; I do not wish to add any more." (Kenneth Goldsmith)

Beit Ha'ir is proud to invite to the opening of the Year of Communication poet and author 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 is MoMA's first Poet Laureate and curates the museum's poetry events, is the senior editor at PennSound, teaches at the prestigiousUniversity ofPennsylvania, and has written dozens of books of poetry.

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. In Goldsmith's esteemed course, Uncreative Writing, at theUniversityofPennsylvania, Goldsmith penalizes students who show originality, and even makes them reuse the works of others. According to Goldsmith, creativity lies in the act of selecting the text and re-editing it, and "unoriginal thinking" is both critical and innovative.

In 2011, Goldsmith participated in the Celebration of American Poetry at the White House, where he presented his ideas on free culture before President Barack Obama and the First Lady, see the following links:

The third eye of threeASFOUR

The fashion lable threeASFOUR doesn't cease to conquer the fashion world. ThreeASFOUR showed their new spring collection in N.Y fashion week inspired by magnetic and energy fields, and recieved lots of attention and praises. Beit Ha'ir would just like to remind you: last year they designed inSALLAM inSHALOM, a special collection for Beit Ha'ir and opened the first exhibition of "A Year of fashion at Beit Ha'ir"

threeASFOUR, spring 2013 collection
 
threeASFOUR, spring 2013 collection

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The Opening Exhibition

The Opening Exhibition

inSALAAM inSHALLOM

threeASFOUR (New York)

Opening – November 27, 2011
Chief Curator and Manager of Bialik Center:  Ayelet Bitan ShlonskyArtistic Director:  Claudette Zorea
Beit Ha'ir has invited threeASFOUR, the avant-garde fashion label from New York, to create the inSALAAM inSHALLOM project that focuses on the ties between Jewish and Arab aesthetics and demonstrates how the visual world binds these two cultures to each other.  threeASFOUR is comprised of three designers:  Adi Gil – born and raised in Israel, Gabi Asfour – of Palestinian descent, born and raised in Beirut, and Angela Donhauser – born in Russia, raised in Germany.   The result of mutual cooperation between Beit Ha'ir, threeASFOUR and multi-disciplinary artists from Israel and the international arena, inSALAAM inSHALLOM is a multi-layered project that includes the exhibition, a fashion show, an original film, music and performances at Beit Ha'ir.

The project was launched in September 2011, during Fashion Week in New York.threeASFOUR presented its Spring 2012 collection, focusing on the ties between Arab and Jewish aesthetics.  The collection was inspired by symbolic elements, familiar to both Judaism and Islam, including the Star of David, the "Hamsa" (good luck talisman shaped like a hand), the Shofar (Ram's horn) and prints from Jewish prayer shawls ("Talit") and Arabic head kerchiefs ("kaffiyah").  Like the individual biographies of the designers, who come from different national backgrounds, their creations reflect an optimistic desire for dialogue, unity and friendship through art and fashion.
Yoko Ono – who works towards coexistence between Arabs and Jews and is an enthusiastic supporter of threeASFOUR, has contributed her creation "The Wishing Tree" to the exhibition.
Among the artists participating in the exhibition: Yoko Ono (New York), Jessica Mitrani (New York), Shari Diamond (New York), Maria Hassabi (NY – Cyprus),Buthina Abu Milhem (Arara-Israel), Aviad Gil (Jaffa), Nevet Yitshak (Tel-Aviv) Dafna Shalom (Tel Aviv) Raafat Hattab (Jaffa), Joseph Dadoune (New York-Ofakim).