The following video is an open-ended three-week visual diary (shot with an iPhone 6S Plus) of my come back to Israel after a fifteen-year absence. In spite of total distortions by the media, in spite of Israel’s many contradictions, inequalities and extremes, I found the country exceptionally better than when I left it, back in 2001. Its energy cannot be described neither visually nor in writing; it must be felt.
The Broad is an experience. A social experience. People discovering art, discovering other people. Moving around in all directions looking at art, shooting selfies with artworks as their background. There is no linear itinerary, no sequence to follow. Visitors interact with creations as they choose.
Farm Urbana in Downtown LA is an embryonic installation of what may become a standard feature on urban rooftops. Two professors of information technology from UCI visit it to find out how the merging of technologies may help to make life sustainable.
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, called “The Wallis,” has good bones. It is relevant for three reasons: 1. its setting in dialogue with the existing urban context; 2. the symbiosis created between an historic landmark and a new building; and 3. the contemporary art language used for its expression.
“Solar Decathlon” is an interdisciplinary students’ competition for the design of sustainable dwelling units. Twenty finalist groups built their version of solar-powered houses that were expected to be cost effective, energy-efficient and attractive. Shown at the Orange County Great Park, it attracted thousands of people hungry for housing solutions.
The architecture exhibition “A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture in Southern California” shows a large number of works by both veterans like Gehry, and Morphosis, and by a younger generation of architects. Besides providing an initial taste of it, this video brings the camera to “the real thing,” the sites of two architects’ works: Eric Moss’ multiple buildings in Culver City and Hagy Belzberg’s “Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust,” completed in 2010.
Mount Zion is a Jewish cemetery in East Los Angeles, ten miles from Downtown L.A.. Founded in 1916, it was intended for free burials of poor Jews. The final resting place of about 7,000 graves, it has been seriously vandalized over the years. This video documents the place’s condition in June of 2013.