„En(dependence) Route“

 

 

En(dependence) Route is a participatory, multimedia installation, wishing to give its participants a (con)temporary peek into the divided land of Israel and Palestine. For those living inside it, the conflict often crumbles down from political discourse to the substances of the dirt, the fruit of the trees, the grazing of a flock.

 

The installation will be built of multiple stations, composing a route, offering different perspectives, as well as different materialities of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Numerous narratives incorporated in filmic portraits, letters, objects, and encounters will challenge the participant to choose – a route, a perspective, a narrative to follow.

Which side to choose?

The route means to follow the dramaturgy of the short film „The Face of the Tree,” which documentary artist Daliah Ziper developed in collaboration with the dramaturg Liat Fassberg.

The film takes the viewer on the journey of the filmmaker, crossing the land of Israel and Palestine in search for hidden traces of a so-called eco-war; between the two people who see their roots in the same place. The moving image in this work is accompanied by the text “Olive Trees” (written by Liat Fassberg), which conjures a metaphorical image of the conflict through its main character: The Olive Tree.

The installation seeks to inquire into the (possible) relations between film and performance, between screen and space, between viewing and participating, creating encounters and interactions between material and participants. The choice of editing, which a filmmaker usually does behind closed doors, will, in this project, be done by the participants themselves: While walking along the routes, each participant creates their own montage:

Each station, each screen, each scene is a choice, and the possibility of (ex)change, (re)placing, plurality, and multiplicity is welcome.

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Liat Fassberg, born 1985 in Jerusalem, is currently graduating in Dramaturgy at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Received her BA in Theater and Humanities at the Tel Aviv University. Her debut piece „Etwas Kommt Mir Bekannt Vor” won the Retzhofer Dramapreis 2017, accompanied by a premiere at the Wiener Burgtheater 2018.

Daliah Ziper, born 1986 in Frankfurt, finalized her art studies as Meisterschülerin (Film Class) at University of the Arts Berlin (2017) and MA in Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins - University of the Arts London (2011). Her works have been screened in various exhibition contexts, i.a. the Deutsche Filmmuseum and published in magazines such as the WomenCinemakers - Biennial Edition 2018.

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