A MONUMENT FOR ALL THOSE TIMES WHEN EVERYTHING DIDN'T CHANGE  

A Monument For All Those Times When Everything Didn't Change (Cairns), cement, sand, dimensions variable, 2018 

Israel has almost 3,000 memorial monuments for fallen soldiers. Whether state built or private endeavors, this is an enormous number taking into account the size of the country and population. Using (broken) concrete blocks applied by military and police forces to prevent movement, to create trail-marker cairns, my monument points to the obstruction of the peace process and lack of leadership that can change our course. Choosing to commemorate the peace process instead of the casualties of the war challenges what we choose to glorify and asks to steer the conversation towards the utmost necessity of finding political (rather than military) ways out of this deadlock. 

A Monument For All Those Times When Everything Didn't Change Instellation view, 2018 

AN AMPLIFIED SOUNDSCAPE

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An Amplified Soundscape, four-channel sound piece, 16 min., Adhan, Sirens, Shalom-Aleichem and Lecha Dodi, 2018 

This soundscape weaves together four types of sounds heard on speakers in public spaces in Israel: the Adhan (the Muslim call to prayer), the "Saturday siren" (a Jewish Orthodox custom announcing Saturday eve), memorial day sirens and sirens warning of an incoming rocket. Investigating the diverse aspects that affect the formation of collective consciousness and worldview, in this piece I was considering the power of a soundscape. At times the sounds in the piece coexist, even harmoniously, sometimes create points of friction or competition by overpowering each other, while the piece begins and ends with the silencing sound of bereavement and commemoration. All these sounds have a concrete “announcing” function while they carry with it a political undertone and agenda in the social-religious-politically charged existence in Israel.

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