Miami Basel Dec 2008

After a two day drive through the south, I noticed that aside from a girlie club on 95 it gets real long after southern Virginia till you hit Georgia. After that crucial juncture, you have some things to look at to occupy yourself till Miami. The show was completely different then Berlin, not in a negative way, just simply a composition that differs. After Rebecca cursed the walls at the booth, things went well, and we met alot of interesting people and will be reunited with them in March during the Armory show. Oh and i guess there was alot more art, but I wouldnt know because I was at the booth most of the time.... and the pool...


Artforum in Berlin @ Berliner Liste 08

been a while, and I have been so busy that in effect I've become lazy! Around the time of the American elections we ventured off to Berlin, to take part in the Berliner Liste. Aside from some delightful logistical issues of certain works being detained by customs, things went well, and the content was well received in Germany considering some of the political aspects. Then of course there was of course making the Tag paper for their coverage of all the fairs. So yes that was worth it..



Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio:

The task was simple, slowly uncover the tomb floor, and sort through the bones contained within. After lowering myself into the tomb once again, I was able to spend countless hours sitting with the dead, who last had a human touch them when they were first placed in this tomb over 1500 years ago. while certain parts of the body remained in tack, others were fragile, to the point of literally crumbling into dust in my hands. I couldn't help but think about the fact that I was literally surrounded by death, an old death, that was now in my clothes, skin, and inhaled in my lungs. The tomb wasn't so bad, it was so hot outside that even though it was like a sauna inside, the sun wasn't a factor, and it didnt seem so dreary. But it is difficult not to ponder ones mortality when handling the basic elements of it. Although this is based on science, I did feel bad that we had stripped them of their jewelry, and rings. Stealing from the dead, and now I was trying to sort out thier bones, and was instead organizing them all based on size, so that 7 bodies became a mixture of pieces with no ability to differentiate. Taking the time to think about how their families grieved for them as they put them in this family tomb over 15oo years ago, to then have me sift through thier bones, made me feel slightly uneasy, but one has to rationalize, and I know that their is really nothing to be uneasy about, and that the life cycle takes us from the ground, and places us back there. I may be breathing it in in greater quantities, but we all breath it in. I finished placing all of the bones in boxes and bags, and tenderly caressed the bag, as i left it to be picked up by the truck.


Hevron and Herod

Taking a car near the dead sea we were told not to go up route 60 within the west bank, to go to Hebron and see the only surviving Herodian structure, which was built to venerate the most important figures in the Jewish religion who are said to be buried in the cave below. Following a similar design to the temple mount, Herod had his engineers build a retaining wall around the cave rock formation which allowed for him to construct a solid structure around it. Since that time the temple has become a church, a mosque and now back to a jewish/mosque shared space. Getting to the area was not a problem, but you can see the instense level of security, and we were stopped at numerous check points. We also met some of the locals there, who gave us a tour of the inner settlement of Hebron, which was home to a long standing Jewish community. It is certainly a little strange in that people are escorted by army officers, and children play under the watch of soldiers with machine guns. No one seemed to be faced by it, and so long as the two gun shots didn't cause an alarm the city seemed a little more calm than it has been for the past few years.

Jelly Fish, Wadi, and the Dead Sea

Jelly fish migrate on the coast of Tel Aviv, and they are quite large. If you are unfortunate to come in contact with them they burn... With that said a distance away on the east takes you to the lowest place on earth to the dead sea, and the heat during the day is so intense that it is almost as if you are bathing in a hot pool. The high rate of evaporation, mixed with the various mineral content creates a landscape and sensation that can not be repeated anywhere else in the world. Many Wadi or oasis are fount within the coast, and provide a sustainable environment for the animals around, including this fearless Ibex.


Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv may be the second fastest growing city in the middle east outside of Dubai, and judging by the building that are appearing, I would say thats an accurate statement. Now its important to note that there are many, and I mean many cites with obscene numbers of homeless populations, but the ones here seemed to have more personality than some of the ones I have come to appreciate in NYC. One particular individual created a art installation piece that served to communicate what it is like to be homeless within a capitalistic environment.

TSA Water Restrictions in the United States

One simple observation. The United States goes to great lengths to throw away any liquid that is over 2.4 ounces when traveling on a airplane. As an experiment I took a bottle of water in the airport within Israel. Three security checks, and some detailed questions, and not one comment on my water. How is it that in a country that has had to deal with higher instances of terror they seem to overlook a 1 liter bottle of water. Let me propose that perhaps this 2.4 ounces of liquid danger is simply a waste of time, and does absolutely nothing. I also would like to know why its not possible to bring in one bottle, but you can fill a quart size bag with little bottles that total over 15 ounces. Bravo TSA!


Going a Little Too Far

video Further along is a hill that has multiple structures on the top, no tourists, and the perfect opportunity to explore, Moving along I noticed that this was not part of the site, and when i passed a cave being used by young Arab shepherds my first thought was how cute, 20 minutes later, I heard a man on a donkey, and when he didn't ask me for a ride for payment, I know I was in less explored territory. Once I scaled up the rocks I landed down a river bed, and I realized that there was only one thing worse than the smell of a camel, that would be a dead one. Then i knew I was in dangerous territory.Oh did i mention the snake? Moving along I made it to the top, took a break in the tomb (which was shaded) and drank some of my water, and put on my jacket on my head. I had been a little to adventurous, and even though I wasn't far away in millage, the terrain was difficult, and the heat was horrible. If I wasn't careful I could have suffered heat exhaustion and then I might end up like my four legged friend in the ditch. Your mouth gets dry, and your heart beats rather fast. Time for water.

If Moses had led the Hebrews through this area he would have been lucky as the rest of the desert area that I had been subjected to only gets worse. I thought about this as I had to figure out how to make my way back to the main site, without being able to see it (the valleys were very deep) I scaled down a steep rock formation, and wondered to water beds, and thought they would take me the correct way ( good thing I watched Man Vs. Wild). And at this point I couldn't tell where I was in relation to my starting point, but I did notice a area that looked like it was covered in animal droppings, and so I followed the trail which eventually led to a much easier way to navigate and delivered me back to the park, and to the vendor where i purchased 3 waters! (at tourist prices).

Wandering away from the Tourists

The further away from the lower walk way, to areas where one has to actually walk up steps, the less tourists are around to get in your way. So once I passed the example of Assyrian influence, I walked up to this compound that allowed me to take some wonderful photos of how the ceiling was carved at such stunning angles, producing a rich glow to the room.