Musrara’s Class of 2007 Graduates – And Offers You A Free Art Magazine

Me and my fellow 2007 graduates have started an annual tradition at school, by issuing an art magazine called HaGigit (‘a tub of thoughts‘ – a Hebrew pun). The magazine mixes original works by the recent graduates, including photography and Hebrew poetry, and it documents video works and installations. You can download it free here or contact the school to purchase a hard copy.

What The Hell Are You Reading?

Ever noticed that every book you read has its name printed on every second page? What’s the deal with that? What kind of boring books do people buy that they just pause in the middle of reading and ask themselves ‘What the hell am I reading?’ – ‘Oh, I see, in that case – on with the boring Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ Why does every book you read has its title printed on top of every second page?

Shahar currently reads the book ‘IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America’s Most Powerful Corporation‘. If you want him to read something else, you can purchase it for him on his Wish List.

The Last Days of Pompeii, by Louis Vuitton

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the USSR, is making a print ad for Louis Vuitton. This comes a decade after his infamous TV ad for Pizza Hut. Either I don’t understand this new world, or I am just in denial for not liking what I see. It seems that everything and everyone is for sale: our history is for sale along with world leaders selling baggage, our childhood is for sale along with songs we grew up with now turning into soft-cheese-selling anthems.

Mikhail Gorbachev Loves Louis Vuitton

Ehud Barak, Israel’s former prime minister, (Mazal Tov: he just got remarried this Friday), took a lot of grief for his decision to embark on a business career after his 2001 defeat in the general elections. But at least he made his millions of dollars lecturing abroad about world leadership and national security, subjects that are right up his alley. What kind of cachet does Gorby bring to Louis Vuitton? What does his participation in an advertisement campaign for bags for rich people do, other than say 'everything I ever stood for is crap'. It seems that even world renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz, could not mask his what-the-hell-am-I-doing-here face, with his hand holding the door handle looking like he wants to bolt from that limo.

Franco-American Bag of Chips

American French fries I just got a catalog from the local branch of Shufersal, Israel’s pioneer supermarket chain, and my eyes landed on a photo of a frozen bag of fries. I’m not sure if it is the oldest trick in the book, but it is certainly prevalent: take any Israeli made product, add the word ‘American’ in front of its name – and the indigenous people will buy it like crazy.
That’s how you end up with a bag of French fries that reads ‘French fries’ in English and ‘American fries’ in Hebrew.

Don’t Destroy Your Scratched CDs Just Yet

Copying... 19 Minutes RemainingMost of us backup our movies and data on CDs and DVDs, although we are painfully aware this media is not very reliable – it’s just that it is so very cheap. The trouble is that just when you have to restore a certain file from the CD, crummy Windows informs you of a ‘Data error (cyclic redundancy check)’. A great freeware that helps this situation have recently come to my attention, it is called JFileRecovery and it is just amazing.

Cannot copy: Data error (cyclic redundancy check).By default Windows designates a certain amount of time to read sectors off media. When there is a superficial scratch, which slows the reading, Windows often just gives up and refuses to copy the file, just like a five year old child with an ‘all or nothing’ approach. The thing is, most of the times all that is needed is a bit more patience – and other times, especially when restoring a movie, the user is okay with missing some thirty seconds of a two hour film.

This is what JFileRecovery basically does, it quickly copies the entire file, and if it encounters reading issues, it will just ask that you redefine how much time you are willing to allow for the reading of the challenging sectors.

Did I mention it is free?

Cancelled: Israeli Production of the Avenue Q Musical

I just found out this last Wednesday that the Israeli production of the musical Avenue Q is cancelled :(
After a month of phone calls and emails, I was finally able to get an official response from the Beit Lessin Theatre, confirming that the translated local production that was scheduled to open on October 25, 2007 in Tel-Aviv, Israel – will not take place.

Cancelled: Israeli Production of the Avenue Q Musical [doctored image]

Not that it matters now, but it was previously published that the production will feature Roy Bar-Natan, Idan Alterman, Tali Oren, Michal Yannai, Nicky Goldstein and Tomer Sharon. It was also published that the director will be Moshe Kepten, the producer Yariv Yefet and the translation is by Eli Bizsawi.

I guess I will have to fly to New-York or London, after all.

Things I Needed To Hear – A New Video Installation

A new video installation of mine will be featured in an upcoming group exhibit in Jerusalem, Israel. Feel free to check me out if you’re in the vicinity – admission is free. Here’s the invitation:

Invitation to the Musrara Graduates Exhibit

Invitation to the Musrara Graduates Exhibit

If you are no way near Israel – you can, as always, check my video work online: