New York University and Tel Aviv University will conduct an unprecedented, live, collaborative performance, stretching 5,600 miles, using Internet 2 technology on Thurs., Nov. 10, at 12:30 p.m. EST. The NYU portion of the performance will take place at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life (60 Washington Square South, 8th Fl.) [Subway Lines: A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street); N, R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place)]
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 212.998-3759. Reporters interested in attending the event should contact James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or email@example.com. Alternatively, the event may be viewed at: http://www.tau.ac.il/video/Lectures/Arts/Trespassing_Boundaries
The Internet 2 technology serves as a site-less location in which artists from different locations and cultural backgrounds can collaborate and exchange their various cultural histories, memories, and gestures of renewal.
The performance, “Trespassing Boundaries,” originates in the two Biblical portions that are read during the week of November 10, which coincides with the second night of Kristallnacht. Relying on the story of the tower of Babylon and the conflict between Sarah and Hagar, “Trespassing Boundaries” aims to recode and re-perform their mythical and therefore limiting systems of signification. On a set that resembles a deserted archeological site of Jerusalem, the performance deals with concepts of longing for and destroying a home, construction and loss of national and personal identities, language as a barrier, holy texts as markers of sameness and difference, the relations between gendered territory and conquering a/the land, and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
The event is coordinated by Barbara Rose-Haum, a professor at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education, and Sharon Aronson-Lehavi, a professor at Tel Aviv University.