Musrara Mix Festival 2018 – Breathturn - May 29-31 Musrara Jerusalem

May 29-31 (Tuesday-Thursday) between 19:00 to 23:00
Throughout Musrara neighborhood in Jerusalem
Admission to all events is free

The Musrara Mix International Art Festival returns for 18th year to the Musrara neighborhood in Jerusalem, with a rich multidisciplinary program featuring dozens of artists and musicians from Israel and around the world. The artworks, the music performances and the seminars will take place within the gallery complexes, courtyards, halls, streets and public spaces of the neighborhood and allow for free wandering and exploration throughout Musrara - a fascinating multicultural neighborhood in Jerusalem.

The yearly festival, initiated and produced by Musrara - the Naggar School of Art and Society, will focus on uncertainty and disruptions, with the term Breathturn as coined by Paul Celan, one of the greatest European and Jewish poets of modern times, suggesting methods that can hold us and maintain balance in uncertainty to give hope, but these methods also change all the time.

"Musrara Mix - Breathturn" offers visitors a window to a new, complex, fickle and surprising reality.

Musrara Mix Festival 2018 – Breathturn - May 29-31 Musrara Jerusalem

Artists featured in the festival:
Tracey Moffatt (representing Australia at the last Venice Biennale), Nina Fischer and Maroan El-Sani (Germany), Bjørn Melhus (Germany), Angela Lamprianidou (Greece) and Irineu Marcovecchio (Brazil), Anna Kalwajtys (Poland), Łukasz Trusewicz (Poland), Aleks Slota (Poland), Milena Kipfmüller and Klaus Janek (Germany), Lior Gal (Israel / France), Renata Sheppard (Italy/USA), Francesca Fini (Italy) Chryssa Tsampazi (Greece), Haim Ben Shitrit, Yossi Mar-Haim, Adaya Godlevsky, Michal Schreiber, Michal Samama, Uri Levinson, Sharon Fidel, students and graduates of various departments in Musrara and more.

Musical performances featured in the festival's:
On the main stage: Noga Erez, Moses Project, Flora (Liron Meshulam), ORI, Geshem - hosting Zvia Abarbanel and other musicians.
In the series "Musrarsonics": Maya Dunietz, Valerio Tricoli (Italy), Jean Philippe Gross (France), Ma'ayan Tsdaka, Ophir Bachmutsky and others.

Festival Director and Chief Curator: Avi Sabag | Exhibition Curator: Sharon Horodi | Gallery Curators: Ayelet Hashachar Cohen, Vanina Saracino (Italy), Vera Korman | Musical Directors, main stage: Motti Cohen, Assaf Sabag (on a voluntary basis) | Musical Director, Electro-Acoustic Program: Eran Sachs | Musical Director, student and graduate performances: Ilan Green

Special exhibitions and programs at the festival:

"Behavior Problems" – performance  program in Gan Haksamim
Every year, The Musrara Mix Festival presents dozens of profermance artworks (combining plastic art with stage arts). This year the festival will hold its first special program dedicated to the art of performance, being most fitting to illustrate principles of uncertainty in art - when the event is never entirely predicted. The program will take place in Gan Haksamim, located in the center of the Musrara neighborhood, and will allow visitors to directly take part in the creative process.
One of the highlights is a special program from Poland, where performance art developed in the 1960s. Three artists (Anna Kalwajtys, Łukasz Trusewicz and Aleks Slota) will present new works created especially for the festival
Additional artists from Israel and the world include the Greek-Brazilian duo Angela Lamprianidou and Irineu Marcovecchio, Tal Alperstein, Michal Schreiber, Nitzan Bernstein, Lior Kriel, Yoanna Blikman and Dan Robert Lahiani.

Surprise Performance:
As part of the performance program, every evening one performance piece will be presented in a surprising location in the neighborhood. The number of participants is limited and the exact location will be transferred to pre-registered users only! You can register at the information center during the festival days from 19:00.

Exhibitions in Musrara galleries - artists and curators from Israel and the world
The three galleries of Musrara will open new exhibitions that will deal with the issue of uncertainty from different points of view.
The New Gallery (9 HaAyin Chet Street), invited the Italian curator Vanina Saracino to present in the Fragmented Vision exhibition four artists from the world: the Israeli-French artist Lior Gal, who combines realistic photographs into fantasy, the two Italian artists Sara Tirelli and Elena Mazzi will present video performance filmed in the crater of Athena volcano, and the artist Saverio Cantoni will present an interactive performance in collaboration with the audience that following a visit to Mars was specially created for the festival.

The Derfler Gallery (9 HaAyin Chet Street) will present the exhibition Gray Matter, curated by Ayelet Hashahar Cohen and featuring the artists Keren Zalts, Shahar Afek, Zohar Elazar, and guest - Gal Ben Arosh. This exhibition seeks to unravel the familiar dynamics between curators and artists based on cooperation, control and organization, to examine them, and to rebuild them on the basis of principles of uncertainty when four artists and a curator decide to try to act differently from what is known and unknown, without guaranties.

The social gallery (22 Shivtei Israel Street), will display the exhibition P=0.5, curated by Vera Korman and featuring the artists Eleanor Salomon, Karam Natour, Liat Segal, Yael Meiry, Adar Goldfarb, Yonatan Ben-Simhon, Inga Fonar Cocos and Renee Van Trier. The name of the exhibition, P = 0.5, is a term loaned from the world of probability, which represents the greatest probability of uncertainty. The exhibition brings together spaces of uncertainty in a world of infinite clouds of information.
"Hackathon" - programming and art marathon conducted by the New Media Department
A two-day special marathon that will gather 20 artists from different fields: art, code, hardware, music, content and movement. The participants will be divided into guided work and create collaborative innovative artistic-technological projects, which will be presented at the festival closing event. The hackathon is led by the Department of New Media Studies in Musrara and the “Turing Girls” Group (Dganit Elyakim, Bat Dezabeli and Eran Hadas).

Musraropera - a radio opera throughout the neighborhood
A collaborative radio-based opera based on the voices recorded in the neighborhood, created by artists Milena Kipfmüller and Klaus Janek (Sounding Situations) in their residency. With their mediation, the Musrara neighborhood transforms to evocative acoustic images. The piece will migreate throughout the neighborhood during the festival and will broadcast through a radio system.

Works by students from various departments in Musrara
The Department of New Media will present virtual reality works. Students of the Photography Department in cooperation with artists will exhibit large-scale photograms throughout the neighborhood as well as in a photography exhibition. The new music department will be integrated into the musical programs in the Karnaf Hall and on the main stage with various ensembles, including “Modern Ensemble”, the Musrara Choir and other performances.

Musrara Mix Festival 2018 – Breathturn - May 29-31 Musrara Jerusalem

Symposium and Panel: "Art and Technology in an Age of Uncertainty" - with the participation of artists and curators from Israel and the world
Wednesday, May 30 at 17:00, lecture hall, Musrara Campus, 22 Shivtei Yisrael St.
 Featuring: Bjørn Melhus (Germany), Saverio Cantoni (Italy), Vanina Saracino (Italy), Agnieszka Szablikowska (Poland), Lior Gal (France / Israel) and others.

AFTERSHOCK - Lectures and discourse at the end of the festival: the unknown in the scientific, cultural and mental spheres
Thursday, May 31 at 18:00, lecture hall, Musrara Campus, 22 Shivtei Yisrael St.
A meeting with experts in different fields of knowledge to discuss the unknown in various aspects of human culture. Among the participants: Prof. Ron Folman, Department of Physics at Ben-Gurion University: What quantum theory says about freedom of choice; Boaz Nehemia, meteorologist, and founder and webmaster of the "Yerushamayim" site and application: uncertainty in the weather; Prof. Amotz Agnon, Institute for Earth Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Earthquakes and Uncertainty; Lilach Doron-Anati, clinical psychologist and a colleague at the Tel Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis: on the ability to endure uncertainty and anxiety. Additional content will be updated later.


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