Paul M. from the blog inicios.es made a nice interview with me. Enjoy!
The Israeli artist Ronen Eidelman shares with us his views about how art fights discrimination in our societies, the artistâ€™s role, the relationship between activist artists and the topics they deal with, his new project of founding a Jewish state in Germanyâ€¦ And many other interesting topics Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ll enjoy. I met Ronen last summer at a conference series within the framework of a Palestinian-Israeli exhibition at the Essl Museum, where I couldnâ€™t help getting the impression that what the audience had to say (mostly artists from Israel) was by far much more interesting that what the speakers were -in a very politically correct way- conveying. One of those artists in the audience was Ronen and I think I was quite rightâ€¦
Medinat Weimar received hundreds of responses and Media outlets worldwide wrote about the project. Press here for a selected list of internet links of many of the articles, Blog posts and discussion that can be found on the internet.
See Pictures from the Rally & conference took place in Weimar on the 22nd of June and Watch Psoy Korolenko and Danik Redlick of the The Unternationale who send their greeting for the establishing events.
I gave an interview to Subtopia about the project in Manshia. I think it came out good so your are all welcome to read and comment. Irrelevant to me I think itâ€™s a good site to check out anyway.
I remember when I found Ronenâ€™s project (un)Documented Disappearance back in March I was blown away. I thought it made crucial reflections on migratory space today, filling the street drains of Europe with images and documents of refugees and immigrants trapped in the gutter, being washed away like trash in a perpetual stir under everyone’s feet, conjuring this kind of urban consciousness about migrant struggles as they ghosted past in the peripheries of our street-wandering eyes.
Well, his latest project is an awakening of the ghost of Manshia, a coastal Israeli city known today as Jaffa that was garrisoned from the Arabs back in 1947. This time Ronen has outlined with chalk the old boundaries of the Arab neighborhood just south of Tel Aviv before it was transformed by the Israelis.
I love this project for many reasons but mostly because of the way Ronen understands borders as outlines of memory, as ephemeral bodies in themselves, and not merely lines of state power.
Segueing nicely from my last chat with Jay Isenberg about the Israeli Security Wall and his future plans to retrace “the spaces of the uninhabited” along a “pilgrimage of hope” somewhere near the Israeli/Palestinian border, Ronen and I recently talked about his work as a public artist, his skepticism of archeology, what he hopes to achieve as a ghost chaser and No Borders activist, and different ways public art in the form of direct action can subvert the political regimes that cement themselves in structures like border walls.
continue reading on Subtopia…
During my visit to the Venice Biennale I gave an interview on the boat of WPS1 Art Radio. WPS1 is the Internet station of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, a MoMA affiliate. In Venice they had a floating broadcast station with a studio and a ridiculous looking nineties style VIP lounge with free drinks and food.
I gave the interview representing the digital art center in Holon and Maarav art magazine. It’s not the best interview I have given, but its still a nice talk and you could hear the state of mind I was in trying to say some thing of meaning in this posh – strange biennale – art elite environment.
Ronen Eidelman: Israeli Center for Digital Arts
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P.S.1′s David Weinstein with guest and art activist Ronen Eidelman of the Israeli Center for Digital Arts in Holon and Maarav (Ambush) Magazine. (25 minutes)
La Repubblica.it the website of Italy’s leading newspaper made a nice flash photogallery of the project (un)Documented Disappearance.
there is no direct link so go to: Foto > Spettacoli & Cultura > and press: Nelle fogne di Jena la vita segreta dei rifugiati
correction – direct link: http://www.repubblica.it/2006/08/gallerie/spettacoliecultura/documented-disappearance/documented-disappearance.html