Ditza Street, Jaffa 2004
Maarav – art, culture, media
Maarav is an online art and culture magazine, established to present the contemporary Israeli art world, and to discuss and debate it from the perspective and reality of Israel in the year 2004. We will examine the nature and destiny of this art and culture that is being created in a place of continuous violence and conflict, as it struggles against extreme capitalism and the rules of the 'free market', as it creates itself under the influence of the great shadow of the 11th of September. Playing a role in the clash of civilizations (indeed clash of civilizations?), and in this era of the digital revolution with all these techno-digital toys that are so captivating but also so threatening. We will discuss art that leaves the confines of museums and galleries and enters popular culture and that its creators are also political activists, computer programmers, journalists, teachers, musicians, philosophers and designers.
Culture, Politics, Technology, Globalization
Maarav is here to influence, educate and widen horizons. Ignorance is an enemy and we are here to fight: to put a spotlight on places that are hiding in the dark, ask questions that have been forgotten and that have not as yet been asked, and expose systems that are hidden from the public. We will also provide tools to those interested in art and culture – from theoretical discussions to information on artists, exhibits and events.
Identity, Language, Place, Border
Maarav is topic based. In each issue of the magazine we will attack a specific topic from all directions, including presenting relevant art works, talks with creators, debates, and making links to historical references. The topics that we choose come from this place we live in, for example: fundamentalism, terror, the messiah and redemption, violence, censorship, intellectual property, and east-west relationship as it impacts on the Middle East.
Maarav wants to expand the borders of the Israeli art community, to bring the periphery to the center, to create a place for the many sectors of society in Israel. We will challenge the concept of the primacy of the plastic arts relative to other artistic disciplines (music, design, cinema, fashion…) discuss the relationship between art, media, technology and politics, explore the place and relationship of the Israeli art community to other communities around the world, with an emphasis on those communities who are close to us geographically and/ or culturally.
Maarav will feature a selected group of translated articles and works in the near future, please come back.
Contact: Ronen Eidelman