Lehavdil: ITER. ENLACE. ECHO.01.07.2023 - 12:00 - 20:00 / Hevre / underground, ul. Meiselsa 18
Touch the braided candle. Cast your shadow as the fibers guide you through the space. Collectively weave intentions with your hands.
Florence To is a multidisciplinary artist that creates sound and light installations, generative motion graphics, and scenographies with an architectural approach to spatial design. The Scottish-born Hong Kong artist researches psychoacoustics and phonetics, merging cognitive and emotional behaviours, in order to develop multidimensional processes in her practice and understand how varied sensory configurations are experienced in space. She has established residencies and commissions with the Berliner Festspiele, STRP Eindhoven, Mass MoCA in Massachusetts, and The Spatialization and Auditory Display Environment [SpADE] in Limerick. In 2019, she worked with the Photonics group at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory in Portugal, exploring the science behind light detection, generation, and manipulation, and understanding how wavelength propagation processes can enable humans to rationalize the behaviour of their internal optics. www.florence-to.com
LEHAVDÍL – להבדיל – ODDZIELNIE
It is after sunset. Three stars have appeared in the sky. A transition takes place. The time devoted to resting is slipping away, the time of the week about to begin. This is a moment of in-between-ness.
In Judaism, the ritual that marks this moment is Havdalah. It reflects the act of differentiation between the profane and the holy, the everyday and the transcendental. As so many rituals, it is performed according to a sequence of prescribed rules and instructions. Only when they have been carried out, is the transition considered complete. But what if we lingered in that liminality?
“Lehavdíl” (להבדיל), which means “to distinguish” or “to separate”, explores Havdalah as a generative act that opens up a transitory space for experience. Between June 28th and July 2nd, three international artists reinterpret the ritual through a series of performative, multi-sensory, intimate, affective and tactile art projects.
curators: Lianne Mol & Yael Sherill, Curatorial Collective for Public Art
The Curatorial Collective for Public Art (CCPA) is an independent agency for the conceptualisation, production, mediation and representation of public art based in Berlin, Germany. It develops curatorial formats for site-specific, transdisciplinary, critical and urban art. CCPA understand the “public” in the term public art as the medium and material of its practice. As an initiative without a fixed space, it often works in the urban space; however, its practice extends into the public sphere, as well as the public in the sense of audience. Due its nomadic character, the collective is not tied to an exhibition space, and continues to conceptualise context-specific formats for its projects, which elude the traditional understanding of curating. After “Kumzits” in 2021 and “Maiseh” in 2022, which were created in collaboration with Jerusalem-based art organisation HaMiffal, “Lehavdíl” is the third project that CCPA is involved in curating for the Jewish Culture Festival.