Nature | Technology

Curator: Shlomit Bauman

Opening: Thursday 6/9/18, 19:30

Gallery talk: Friday 5/10/18 at 11:30 in the exhibition Frustrated Materials - details below
Gallery talk: Friday 19/10/18, 11:30
Closing: Saturday 27/10/18, 14:00

בוטניקה היברידית | Hybrid Botanics מאיה בן דוד | Maya Ben David

בוטניקה היברידית | Hybrid Botany
מאיה בן דוד | Maya Ben David


Hybrid Botany

Maya Ben David in collaboration with Ofer Grunwald and Renana Irshai

Circle

Ilana Efrati

Frustrated Materials

Arielle Blonder and Shira Shoval in collaboration with Prof. Eran Sharon, Rakach Physics Institute, Hebrew University, Jerusalem



Nature | Technology, 3 exhibitions opening simultaneously concerning the relationship between man, nature and technology. The cultural meaning of terms such as "natural" and "technology" is continually changing, and the rate of change is accelerating: digitization of processes, nanotechnology (manipulation of invisible tiny scales of a millionth meter), synthetic biology, singularity (combination of man and computer) etc. are only some the technological changes occurring in the last ten years which have already affected our daily existence. These technologies blur the distinction between man, nature and machine and reality as opposed to virtual.

In the past years, with the expansion of existing technological fields and the development of new ones, there are more and more cooperative projects between teams from different areas of knowledge.  This approach is apparent in two of the exhibitions with cross medial collaboration: Botany, digital media, physics, design and art.

These three exhibitions offer different perspectives of the natural and technological field and asks relevant questions about the language of design and art. The relationship between natural and technological is not dichotomous or binary but rather observes the complex, critical and productive relationship – blurring the boundaries on one hand and searching for a new language on the other hand.


Hybrid Botany

Maya Ben David in collaboration with Ofer Grunwald and Renana Irshai

בוטניקה היברידית | Hybrid Botanics | מאיה בן דוד | Maya Ben David

בוטניקה היברידית | Hybrid Botany | מאיה בן דוד | Maya Ben David

Hybrid botany In this exhibition Maya Ben David examines the relationship between growth in nature and a digital environment, between analog and computerized, by developing a system of connections through advanced digital processes and growth processes of bonsai trees (with the cooperation of Ofer Grunwald, an expert in growing bonsai trees).  She achieves this by three-dimensional scanning of flowers and the development of a language that focuses on the convergence of botanical and digital (with the cooperation of the designer Renana Irshai). The botanic in this exhibition is contingent and convergent with software, 3D printing and complex algorithms. The hybrid of botanical and technological examines basic tenets (Natural/Technological) in a way that questions old perceptions and offers new connections that arouse curiosity as to options for the present and future.


Circle

Ilana Efrati

מעגל | Circle | אילנה אפרתי | Ilana Efrati

מעגל | Circle | אילנה אפרתי | Ilana Efrati

The approach of Ilana Efrati in the exhibition Circle is simple and hence its strength.  She buries clothes and fabric made of natural materials (cotton, linen, etc.) in the forest with weeds, seeds, peels of fruit and vegetables.  The result is material that have been "eaten" with signs of sprouts as well as bacteria and fungus. Beauty that has happened by chance through a natural life cycle. 

The fashion designer changed the pace of her life 15 years ago and moved to a village in the middle of fields and forests.  Listening to the voice of nature confirmed the urgency to examine the essence of cycles, consumerism and degeneration.  In the textiles of Efrati the stains of fungus, disintegration and sprouting are pure abstraction, beautiful and strong.


Frustrated Materials

Arielle Blonder and Shira Shoval in collaboration with Prof. Eran Sharon, Rakach Physics Institute, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Friday 5/10/18 at 11:30 Gallery talk with the artists and Prof. Eran Sharon

חומרים מתוסכלים | Frustrated Materials אריאל בלונדר ושירה שובל | Arielle Blonder and Shira Shoval

חומרים מתוסכלים | Frustrated Materials אריאל בלונדר ושירה שובל | Arielle Blonder and Shira Shoval


The exhibition Frustrated Materials is a cooperative project between Arielle Blonder and Shira Shoval (who have done interesting collaborations in the past) and Professor Eran Sharon of the Rakach Physics Institute, Hebrew University.  The exhibition is research of various approaches to technologically developed materials and illustrates new ways to relate to the material world. The focus of the exhibition is the research of forms based on a mathematical description of "frustrated material" (material that is subjected to constraints and manipulations), through laser cutting sheets of latex.  In the exhibition, the mathematical description enables exact planning and control as well as design thinking, examining control as opposed to lack of control, manual versus technological, process versus product and the development of a material language that has a unique and poetic expression.