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Events February 3, 2010; 20:00 to 21:30.
Ein Kerem, Jerusalem

Wednesday 3rd February at 20:00

Mamuta at the Daniela Passal Art and Media Center


Due to IRWIN visit to IL for the show at the Digital Art Lab in Holon, Mamuta is glad to host them for a talk and presentation on their last projects

Irwin was founded in Ljubljana, acting within the NSK movement since 1984. The group consisting of painters Dušan Mandic (born Ljubljana, 1954), Miran Mohar (born Novo Mesto, 1958), Andrej Savski (born Ljubljana, 1961), Roman Uranjek (born Trbovlje, 1961) and Borut Vogelnik (born Kranj, 1959). Its work is based on potent eclecticism and the “retro principle,” both as means of realizing the syncretic coexistence of various artistic styles ranging from the tradition of the historical avantgardes, to popular national imagery, to the visual production of the totalitarian regimes. Together with NSK, Irwin established the NSK State in Time in 1992. Their most important activities have included the planing of the NSK Embassies and Consulates in Moscow, Gent and Florence, and the Transnacionala project (Journey from East to West Coast) in 1996. Irwin have exhibited widely in Europe and the USA, including Manifesta in Rotterdam and Ljubljana, Venice Biennial, After the Wall, and Aspects/Positions.

Events January 20, 2010; 19:30 to 21:00.
Ein Kerem, Jerusalem

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The Question of Image Control in Poland in the 70s and 80s.

The show deals with the lack of possibilities of creation of legal channels of information at that time, channels alternate to those of the official propaganda, links with the very restricted access to the recording equipment. access to the communication tools guarantees the control over encod- ing reality – the camera is the tool giving sense and meaning.


curated by Anna Borejczuk, Karolina Harazim, Aleksandra Jach, Agnieszka Kilian.

Talk with Aleksandra Jach and Agnieszka Kilian and Opening of the show: January 20th, 19:30

with the support of the Polish Institute

more info soon

Events January 6, 2010; 20:00 to 22:00.
Ein Kerem, Jerusalem

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UBERMORGEN.COM is an artist duo created in Vienna, Austria, by lizvlx and Hans Bernhard. Behind UBERMORGEN.COM we can find one of the most unmatchable identities – controversial and iconoclastic – of the contemporary European techno-fine-art avant-garde. Their open circuit of conceptual art, drawing, software art, pixel painting, computer installations, net.art, sculpture and digital activism (media hacking) transforms their brand into a hybrid Gesamtkunstwerk. The computer and the network are (ab)used to create art and combine its multiple forms. the permanent amalgamation of fact and fiction points toward an extremely expanded concept of one’s working materials that for UBERMORGEN.COM also include (international) rights, democracy and global communication (input-feedback loops). “Ubermorgen” is the German word both for “the day after tomorrow” and “super-tomorrow”.



In the lecture they will present some of their past projects 1999-2009  and focusing also in the current project they are working on “superenhanced” .

An UBERMORGEN.COM lecture split into two. The first part of the talk will focus on their oeuvre 1999-2009 featuring main projects such as The Election Trilogy including [V]ote-Auction, the EK

Events December 23, 2009; 20:00 to 23:00.
Ein Kerem, Jerusalem

Studio Galileo was stablished by Yuval Kedem in 1994, since then he had worked with artists, film makers and television, providing non conventional solutions for different kind of technical challenges.

He had worked among others with : Yael Bartana, Miri Segal, Hadas Ofrat, Shachar Markus and Einat Amir

Wednesday 23th December, 20:oo, Mamuta @ Bet Daniela Passal, Ein Karem


Events September 2, 2009; 20:00 to 22:00.
Ein Kerem, Jerusalem

Effie and Amir Artist’s Talk

Please check the hebrew version



Events July 30, 2009; 20:00 to 22:00.
Ein Kerem, Jerusalem

Wednesday 30th July at 20:00

Entrance Fee: 10 NIS

Yael Kanarek : Loops and Repetitions - Artist Talk
at Mamuta at the Daniela Passal Art & Media Center, Eldan Forum, Ein Karem, Madregot Habikur st, 58

A joint project by the Jerusalem Foundation and Hearat Shulaym

Yael Kanarek will talk about her work with languages and clock-based software. Both are aesthetically driven by structures of loops and repetitions.

Her interest in the territorial and spiritual properties of languages is the subject of her upcoming exhibition, Melancholy, at Nelly Aman gallery, Tel Aviv opening September 10. The works, created during a two-year fellowship at Eyebeam (New York) are made from words and phrases burnt out of rubber using a laser cutter as a writing machine. Multiple languages are then constructed one of four structures: grid, organic, body and mass to form relationships. In her most recent works in the series, she reinterprets works by Malevich and Mondrian, giving the compositions a territorial reading.

During the second part of her talk, she will introduce her new project, Videoclocks, developed with Shawn Lawson. Videoclocks is a computational video software that controls moving image in synch with the computer’s clock. This system of loops and repetitions often results in a meditative, ambient work.

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Yael Kanarek has been working in the field of new media is 1995. She’s the recipient of many grants, among them the Rockefeller Media Fellowship. She exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, SFMOMA, and currently her work is the central work of the exhibition at the National Museum for Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece.Kanarek is the founder of Upgrade! International.

Events July 8, 2009; 20:00 to 21:00.
Ein Kerem, Jerusalem


Wednesday 8th July at 20:00

Köken Ergun : 3 Films, Projects and Talk -
at Mamuta at the Daniela Passal Art &b Media Center, Ein Karem, Madregot Habikur st, 58
Entrance Fee: 10 NIS
(the presentation will be held in English)

Köken will show three video works: “I, Soldier (7’)”, “Tanklove (8’)” and “Wedding (12’)” and he will talk about his research and project at Betselem archives, and how those materials relate to his own practice.

Koken Ergun, is a video artist born in Istanbul and working and living in Berlin at the present. His video works has been screened at several film festivals: Oberhausen, Rotterdam, Sydney, VideoZone and Zagreb Film Festival.

He is the 2007 recipient of the Tiger Award of the Rotterdam Film Festival for his short film The Flag.
Koken studied acting at the İstanbul University and completed his postgraduate diploma degree in Classics at King’s College London, followed by an MA degree in Visual Communication Design at the Bilgi University. After working with American theatre director Robert Wilson, Ergun became involved more with contemporary art, specifically video and performance. He has exhibited internationally at institutions including Platform Garanti (Istanbul), KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Arts (Helsinki), Sparwasser HQ (Berlin), Digital ArtLab (Tel Aviv), Museum of Contemporary Arts Taipei, Casino Luxembourg, Art in General (New York), and Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam.

He is currently writing his PhD thesis at a joint research at the Istanbul University Theatre Department (Prof. Dikmen Gurun) and Freie Universitat Berlin Theatre Sciences Department (Prof. Erika Fischer-Lichte)

He is in Israel invited by the Digital Art Lab and has also been in residency at Mamuta at the Daniela Passal Art and Media Center.

Links to some of Koken Ergun works:

Events March 3, 2009 11:00 to March 7, 2009 11:00.
INC, Amsterdam

From 3rd to 7th March 2009, Upgrade! Jerusalem, represented by Lea Mauas (Sala-Manca Group) and Mushon Zer Aviv, participates to the International Winter Camp 09 meeting organized by INC (Institute of Network Cultures) in Amsterdam:

See the Schedule

Participating Networks


Events February 26, 2009; 17:00 to 22:00. February 27, 2009; 10:00 to 17:00. February 28, 2009; 15:00 to 22:00.
Zimmer, Hagdud Haivir 5, Tel Aviv

If you speak it, it’s no legend -

In the frame of Contempo-Tel Aviv International Festival of Contemporary Music and Video Art

Free Entrance

Sound artists:

XV Parówek (Bartek Kalinka) (Poland)

Wolfram (Dominik Kowalczyk) (Poland)

Seventeen Migs of Spring (Israel)

Eran Sachs(Israel)

Curated by: Antoni Beksiak (Poland) and Sala-Manca (Israel)

For further info on the project or the biennale: www.contempo.co.il

If you speak it – it is no legend is a sound installation consisting of four original pieces written by Israeli and Polish composers. The common base of these works is the use of the voices of non-Jewish speakers who live in Israel – foreign workers and refugees from different countries, for whom Hebrew is primarily a functional language of communication.

The words that the speakers were requested to articulate were chosen from a selection handwritten on the first empty pages of a copy of the book titled Reshimat Milot Hayesod Lehora’at Halashon Haivrit (A Basic Word List of the Hebrew Language), published in Jerusalem in 1960, by the Department of Education and Culture in the Diaspora of the World Zionist Organization, edited by I. Mehlman, Haiim B. Rosen and Y. Shaked. The copy was purchased in Jerusalem in the Hagaleria Lesifrut bookstore on Shats Street.

The choice of words included in the chapter “Principles of Selecting the Words,” is a didactic-linguistic one, whose point of departure is that the language to be learned is “living Hebrew,” as spoken and written in Israel. According to the editors, most of the 1,000 words included are useful for conversational topics and for the construction of basic sentences, maintaining that a basic knowledge of the language cannot be achieved without these selected words. It is apparent from the sticker on the book, that the aforementioned additional list was chosen from the basic list of words by Dr. Edward Horowitz – who, it appears from a search on the Internet, was the author of the book How the Hebrew Language Grew – also published in 1960.

The recordings of the words and short conversations with the speakers were made by Aviad Albert and Bynia Reches in Bamat Meitzag at the new Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv. Twenty-eight speakers – men and women, and two children – participated, all coming from different backgrounds: China, Eritrea, India, Jamaica, Nepal, Philippines, Romania, Sudan, Ukraine, and others. Each speaker was asked to read the list of words from a Latin transcription.

The collection of the recordings reveals an emphasis on the phonological aspect, while focusing on the differences in accents. The focus on the characteristics of the sounds of speech, and their musical value, is connected to modern music’s search for musical expression by means of speech. The focus on non-Jewish voices is connected to a search for expression that is devoid of the ideological-national influences that accompanied the revival and development of the modern Hebrew language, while giving way to a musicality that is less familiar in today’s Tel Aviv Hebrew.

The selection of the “Zimmer” as the location for presenting the installation is not a neutral choice. The Zimmer is located near or within the communities of many of the speakers, and is a new space, unique and independent from contemporary Tel Aviv’s artistic and musical sphere. It is a location where different and experimental methods merge without any economic or political considerations.


Project co-organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polish Year in Israel


Project financed from the means of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland


Projekt współorganizowany przez Instytut Adama Mickiewicza w ramach Roku Polskiego w Izraelu 2008/2009, finansowany ze środków Ministerstwa Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego oraz Ministerstwa Spraw Zagranicznych RP.


Events February 22, 2009; 13:00;
Madregot 58, Ein Karem, Jerusalem, Israel

This is a proposal to develop a Culture and Technology Center in Old Nazareth that will be a place to research, collaborate and create using media and technology. With a strong commitment to education, the programs will further media literacy and technological proficiency, while engaging progressive social and environmental issues. The center will serve the region, welcome local initiatives and connect to the global discourse. This proposal describes three potential programs: