Barbur and Foucault: The Perfect Pair?

Barbur And Foucault The Perfect Pair

“You want to go to Wiretappings with me?”

I struck my most alluring pose, or at least, as alluring as it’s possible to be while scraping out papaya seeds over the garbage can.


Obviously, it’s a lot harder to be charming while slicing fruit than I imagined.

But, at 9:15 pm, my husband and I found ourselves at Barbur Gallery’s Wiretapping event.

What exactly is a Wiretapping? I call it a type of audio exhibit. My husband calls it a concert. I leave it up to you to decide.

Monday’s event, “Terror of Love” featured Joselito on the electric guitar, drum machine and vocals, and Veronika Dolanska on a Casio keyboard.

Their chill music provided a great contrast to the thought-provoking exhibits:  Yaniv Shonfeld’s “What Doesn’t Kill You Disappoints Me,” and Avishay Rubin's "Critical Epiphany of Imagined Jerusalem."

Shonfeld’s work focuses on the ephemerality of pop culture, while Rubin’s work focuses on Jerusalem’s place as a holy city for three religions, played out against the backdrop of current events and world affairs. His series creates its own iconography, melding an inter-textual image of a city both ancient and new.

The event had a distinctly hipster vibe. I definitely felt out of place due to my lack of proper facial hair. Yet breathing in the faint smell of lilacs wafting over Barbur’s beautiful courtyard and communal garden, and joining other Jerusalemites to lie around on a bunch of pillows on a gallery floor while listening to music and looking at the pretty pictures hanging on the walls, was pretty magical.

So what’s next on this week’s agenda? Here are some of my recommendations:

Thursday, May 11, 9:30 am: Post-Reality Conference at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design

If, like me, you have a bit of a soft spot for Foucault, you’ve probably pondered whether the concept of “reality” is valid in a post-modern world. This conference brings together leading academics and visual artists from around the country to explore some answers to this burning question.

Thursday, May 11, 7 pm: Repositioning: Exhibition Opening at the Museum for Islamic Art

In this new exhibition, 12 artists re-interpret 12 pieces from the museum’s permanent collection, using the pieces as a muse for their own new artworks.

Friday, May 12, 11 am: Thou Shalt Not: Exhibition Opening at Museum on the Seam

Judaism, Art, and Creativity: A winning trifecta, or never the twain shall meet? This exhibition curates works by religious and secular artists, who use their work as a medium for exploring the fissures, as well as the commonalities, between religion and the creative process. The exhibit focuses largely on Israeli artists, whose national identity adds another layer to the prism through which they view their identities as Jews and as artists.

Saturday, May 13, 9:30 pm, A Jerusalem Reading, at Muslala’s The Terrace:

In most communities in Israel, when boys and girls turn eighteen, they are expected to spend time enlisted in the Israeli Defense Forces or in the National Service. How does this experience, during these crucial transition years, effect these young adults? Well, a bunch of young adults in Jerusalem wrote poetry about that very question. Come to the Terrace, centrally located on top of the Clal Building, to hear their stories.

I wanted to end this post with an uplifting Foucault quote, but I couldn’t find any. So instead, I will merely wish you a fun and productive week ahead!