Sala Manca (Argentine/Israel)
Sala-manca is a group of independent Jerusalem-based artists that creates in different fields: performance, video, installation & new media since 2000. Sala-manca's works deal with poetics of translation (cultural, mediatic and social), with textual, urban and net contexts and with the tensions between low tech and high tech aesthetics, as well as social and political issues. The group publishes Hearat Shulaym Art Journal, produces and curates Heara Art Events, organized in an independent way with no commercial or official sponsors, co-edits no-org.net , a platform for experimental projects in the area of netbased and digital art, organizes and curates The Upgrade! Tel Aviv, gatherings hold by new media artists, curators and media activists, and The New Media Cheyder (Studyroom).
Sala-Manca are Lea Mauas and Diego Rotman. Selected presentations/ exhibitions/projects: New York University, Observatori Festival - Valencia, Eyebeam - NY, Blurrr Performance Biennal- Tel Aviv, Science Museum- Jerusalem, Transmediale- Berlin, Jerusalem Film Festival - Jerusalem, La Fabrica - Buenos Aires, Digital Art Center - Holon.
Pilim beleylot Metula (Elephants on Metula's Nights)
Elephants in the Nights of Metula
Elephants in the Nights of Metula is a performance that includes video,
digital slides,film, animation and two voices in Yiddish and English. The performance is based on texts of the Yiddish poet Avraham Sutzkever, re-contextualizing his poetry in the historiography of Israeli literature from a contemporary perspective.The performance deals with the harsh israeli cultural control policies of the 50's towards jewish diaspora cultures, in a process of hegemonization of a new Hebrew culture.
Elephants in the Nights of Metula is a continuation of our performance work dealing with texts and poetry. The piece continues our research on the gap between the written letter (the text), its voiced expression, the body and the icon, and on visual, cultural and sound translations in the electronic realm.
http://www.no-org.net/opticon [Netopticon report attempts to display works and actions that reveal, subvert and demystify systems of control in the network and the urban spaces. Works that vary from those taking the aesthetic and poetic approach, treating the systems of control and monitoring as intimate, personal and narrative subject to politically oriented projects inverting the use of technologies and the control means for countersurveillance.]