This year, we offer you a concentrated festival comprising, almost entirely, of original productions that will flood the imagination with additional, possible realities. A festival that curates reality through meticulously produced artworks, expands your mind and also tries, wherever possible, to influence that reality in return. During the three weeks of Mekudeshet 2018—and actually at any given moment—we try to go back to our roots, to the spring or the heart of the city, and to call on everyone who believes—no matter what—to come to Jerusalem, to come find what is sacred for them, to come in peace.Tongues of Fire
A window into a nighttime panoramic view that throws some light on the politics of space
A red circle is marked on a map at the center of which is the Temple Mount—at the heart of an historical, political and religious conflict zone. A no-fly zone (NFZ), which overlooks the Old City, approximately a 1.5km radius, which is classified by the Israel Airport Authority as LLP11, a NFZ, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It is forbidden for any type of plane to fly over this area at any height. The coordinates of the NFZ have been programmed into the drone and prevent it from taking off when it is in this area.
Jerusalem is surrounded by walls, and not just the ones that are made out bricks and mortar. There are also technological walls that control and determine what can or cannot be seen in the city through a system of celestial permits. By using a drone that tests the boundaries of the NFZ, this work maps out and sketches the NFZ as it appears from the ground, as an integral part of the city’s daily reality and through earthly and spiritual pathways in East and West Jerusalem. The work attempt to make this elusive, invisible and political technology that controls and shapes our perception of space, visible. The NFZ can now be seen, discussed, questioned, opposed or subjected to a more detailed scrutiny, which reveals its cracks and facilitates broader understanding.
The roof of the Histadrut building, 17 Strauss St.