Starting tomorrow: Street theater festival in Bat Yam, and we’re in it to win it

[singlepic id=234 w=240 h=320 float=right]After months of planning and weeks of labor, Hagigit‘s latest art work will finally be revealed at the 13th annual Bat Yam International Street Theater Festival. Although the heads-up I published two months ago did not reveal much detail about the work, but I hope it generated enough interest for people to visit the festival.
If you plan on visiting, make sure you check out the program here. After you return home, you might want to check out our Facebook page for photos and videos of the event.

What: Bat Yam Street Theater Festival
Where: Boardwalk, Bat Yam, Israel
When: Tuesday to Thursday, 19:00-23:00
Who: Hagigit artist collective
Why: Because you cannot experience installation art from home
How much: Admission is free

Hagigit at the 2009 Bat Yam Fest

[singlepic id=228 w=240 h=320 float=right]Hagigit, the artists’ collective I co-founded will take part in the 13th annual Bat Yam International Street Theater Festival this coming August. We were honored to have been asked to participate, as this will be our biggest, most expensive project to date, and based on previous years we will probably see our biggest crowd ever.
I will try to reveal as much details as possible before the event, but it is a bit of a struggle as there are many people involved and not everyone shares my notion of transparency. The graphics to the right is our teaser poster that will appear in the festival program, and following is the English text that will accompany it:

Time is fluid, reality debatable
our point of view is not where we think it is
everything we see has changed its shape
in the gap between one moment and the next
exists an opportunity to listen, to smell,
to see and to express.
Hagigit’s interactive installation invites the public, yourself included, to take the whole from its parts, the revealed from the concealed, and yourself away from anyone else.
Location: Sela Beach parking lot, Bat Yam, Israel
Dates: August 25-27, 2009
Duration: continuously between 19:00-23:00
Admission: Free

I May Not Know Much About Art, But I Know What I Like!

MusraraMix 9 - Program in PDF format [Hebrew/English]The MusraraMix Festival in Jerusalem is in its 9th year and this year’s theme is Avoda Zara (Foreign Work/Idolatry). The festival that starts today is an initiative of the Musrara School of Photography, Media and New Music, and is produced in cooperation with the neighborhood residents. The festival showcases experimental art works in photography, installation, video art and performance – along with a central stage that will feature musical performances from Israel and abroad.

Admission is 10 NIS, an unbeatable price even in the likely case that you will hate half the artworks. Click here to download the Hebrew/English program in PDF format.

Here’s a quick taste from last year’s festival:

Spam: Don’t Get Mad – Get Even!

Note: Projects discussed in this post have been discontinued. Just scroll down and watch the analog spam-trap video.

I am pretty sure that within the mass of people who say they hate spam (and that is all they ever do against it) there may be a few that actually want to fight back.
As a believer in proactive measures against spammers I was an avid fan of Blue Frog, an Israeli software that started causing spammers actual financial loses. After its sad demise in 2006, which left me with a lot of spam and nowhere to shove it, I had to find a path to which I can direct my anti-spam energies.
Until the new and improved Blue Frog project (called Okopipi, or Black Frog) will mature, I was left with, a free spam-reporting tool that has been around since 1998, but was never aggressive enough for my taste.

I have been using this tool for a couple of months now, and thought it is nothing to email home about. Basically, it identifies the IP where the email originates (thus allowing the ISP to identify the spammer) and the server that hosts the website selling the advertised product (thus allowing the hosting company to identify the seller who paid the spammer for the marketing campaign).

I could not get excited about SpamCop because you never know if the reports you file are ignored or acted upon by the anti-spam personnel at those companies. After reporting more than 1500 emails, I could not answer truthfully if I made any difference.

Until today!
This is the email I just received and wanted to share:

Thank you for your report concerning this Unsolicited Bulk Email incident.
The account concerned has been identified and suspended under the terms of the Sky Broadband Acceptable Use Policy.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience that this incident may have caused.
Kind regards
Anthony Edwards

Sky Broadband Abuse Team

That’s why I will keep on reporting my spam with SpamCop, knowing that others will do the same, and hoping that the small dents we might make in the big spam machine will accumulate and lead to its beautiful demise.

To leave you with a smile, here is a video documenting an art installation by Bill Shackelford. It is an analog spam-trap machine, consisting of a computer that monitors email accounts, a printer that prints any spam that arrives, and a paper shredder that automatically shreds any printed spam.


homage de lounge dans le foyer

I was very honored when the producers of the Machol Shalem Dance Festival asked me to create a video work exclusively for the event, and created a video installation consisting of seven different monitors, mixing 1940’s American instructional films, with electronic downtempo music as soundtrack.

The festival was held in the Gerard Behar Centre, Jerusalem, Israel and consisted of three evenings (November 14-16, 2006) of modern dance.

You can view the work in two versions – just the videos:


and the actual installation set-up: