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Jerusalem Art Conference #2 24-25.10

What Do You Do With Art?

Jerusalem Art Conference, taking place for the second time, is a joint venture of the Jerusalem art institution Manofim and Erev Rav and Harama magazines. The conference wishes to bring together what takes place in the halls of the art academies and higher education institutions and artists, curators, artistic directors, and art and culture professionals in Israel and abroad.

This year, the conference centers on the key question: “What Do You Do With Art?”

Over the last two centuries, there have been many and diverse answers to this question – from sober observation of reality to escapism; from utopian invention to activism; from taking part in political organizations to attempts to challenge them; from ecstasy and turning to the sublime to dealing with base everyday materials; from rejection of the modern and postmodern world and warning against its implications to celebrating and taking pleasure in it.

The conference wishes to look at the question “What Do You Do With Art?” against the backdrop of global political instability, social and environmental changes, and local and international revolutions. The conference’s program will turn the spotlight on what art can generate and violate, and examine the underlying reasons to these outcomes in light of historical issues as well as current questions in contemporary art.    

The lectures are in Hebrew, unless stated otherwise. Number of participants is limited, advance registration via email:

  • Program is subject to change, please consult Manofim website for updates

The Dust Channel (video still), Roee Rosen, 2016

Tuesday 24.10.17

Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies (Brigham Young University), 1 Hadassah Lampel St.


Preliminary Session

What Do You Do With Art? Trash

Trash as a Mirror of Society (English)

Rodrigo Imaz (Mexico) a painter and documentary filmmaker, analyzes trash as a mirror of culture, and wishes to decipher the power relations it reflects by translating it into painting. In the session, he will talk about his work process, the economic and political power relations reflected in the trash of his home country Mexico, his experience at the residency in Jerusalem, and the research he carried out in the neighborhoods of Eastern Jerusalem.

Imaz is the artist in residence at Art Cube Artists’ Studios international art residency program LowRes Jerusalem.

Wednesday 25.10.17

Hansen House, 14 Gedalyahu Alon St.

**Lectures order is subject to change

2:30 Opening remarks

2:45pm – What Do You Do With Art? Festivals and Mega Exhibitions

The lecture will review the flood of mega exhibitions over the past year, and offer a critical discussion on their curatorial statements as well as their relationships with their host cities.

Keren Goldberg is an art critic and PhD candidate in the Visual Cultures Department of Goldsmith University of London, and a regular contributor to various art magazines including Erev Rav, ArtReview, Art Agenda, Mousee, and ARTnews.

3:15pm – What Do You Do With Art? Work

Work as Art / Art as Work in Non-Material Age

What can art tell us about our current world of work and what alternatives, if any, does it offer?

Gilad Reich is an independent curator and PhD candidate in the History of Art Department of Tel Aviv University.

3:45pm – What Do You Do With Art? Dust

A Jerusalem premiere of the video work The Dust Channel (Roee Rosen, 2016)

The Dust Channel is a cultural hybrid: an operetta with a Russian libretto about a British vacuum cleaner in the Israeli reality. Tackling intimacy and cleaning, dust and dirt leads to Holot Detention Facility and xenophobia.

Prof. Roee Rosen is a lecturer at HaMidrasha School of Art and Bezalel Academy of Art. his recent exhibitions include a retrospective at Tel Aviv Museum (2016) and the Documenta at Athens and Kassel (2017). His latest book, Live and Die as Eva Braun and Other Intimate Stories was published this year by Sternberg Press.

*Limited number of seats

4:15pm – What Do You Do With Art? Refugeehood

The Tribunals of Cinema How cinema uncovers the continuing failure of international criminal law: The lecture will look at three films that bring to the fore a fundamental problem in the initiative born in the wake of World War Two – to bring the most horrific crimes to an international criminal court.

Itamar Mann is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Haifa.  

4:45pm – What Do You Do With Art? Dreams

Who Needs Ezidi Poetry in Israel?!

Idan Barir is a PhD Candidate at the School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University, a research fellow in the Forum for Regional Thinking, and a member of Maktoob: the Forum of Arabic-Hebrew Translators at Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem. He translates Arabic literature and Poetry. One of his latest translations, I Own Nothing Save My Dreams: An Anthology of Ezidi Poetry in the Wake of a Genocide, 2014–2016 was published earlier this year (Maktoob, 2017).

5:15pm – What Do You Do With Art? Revolution

Rosta Windows – A Non-Monumental Monument

Soviet propaganda posters in the public space in 1919-1922.

Inna Berkowits is a graphic designer and illustrator. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and human services and a master’s degree in art history with specialization in curatorial studies (with honors) from the University of Haifa.

5:45pm – What Do You Do With Art? Hacking

The journey of two hackers and their friends to try and hack into the Israeli parliament, and how they ended up working with Internet art – instead of Internet politics.

Yoav Lifshitz and Tal Messing are the founders of Pirate Party Israel – a collective that was active in the political and artistic spheres between 2012-2015. They co-curated, in collaboration with the CCA, the project Captive Portal, a virtual site specific curatorial project.

18:15 – What Do you Do with Art? Explore the World

Activestills collective and Yael Meiri will talk about the use of photography as a tool that allows us to learn about the world, engage in a dialogue with reality, and examine the place in which we live. We will talk about forms of dialogue between the photographer and his subjects, photographers who work as a part of the community, and photographers who wish to tell the story of others. We will discuss art making that takes place on the margins, in alternative forms of display versus the recognized format of the art world, think about the link between political protest and the personal political, and explore the tension between the role of photographers as documentarists and their status as artists.

Moderator: Ronen Eidelman

Yael Meiri is a multidisciplinary artist. In her photography based work, quire body representation and images of nature produce markers of identity that transgress the familiar local appearance.

Activestills: Oren Ziv is a photographer and co-founder of Activestills. He graduated from the Forensic Architecture Department of Goldsmith University in London. Shiraz Grinbaum is a photographer and editor at Activestills collective. She co-edited the book Activestills: Photography as Protest in Palestine/Israel (Pluto Press, 2016), with Dr. Vered Maimon.

7pm – Keynote Session:

What Do You Do With Art? Maintenance

Maintenance and Freedom: Are We Going to Stay Here in This World? (English)

Art is freedom.

Are we going to stay alive on this planet?  What work do we have to do to stay here?  And if we do this work, then what happens to our limitless freedom, to our boundary-free spirit?  And if I spend my life doing this work, what happens to my limitless freedom?  What happens to my boundary-free spirit?

​I want to show you some of my art over many decades where these questions are embedded.

And ​I have ​some questions for you.

Mierle Laderman Ukeles is an artist who works internationally. She is the official, unsalaried Artist in Residence of the New York City Department of Sanitation. She lives in Jerusalem and is an adjunct faculty member at Bezalel MFA, Tel Aviv. She is represented by Ronald Feldman Gallery, NYC.