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Tel Aviv Schools in Berlin: Audiovisual Installation by Smadar Dreyfus

May 19th, 2014
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News from Berlin: Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin presents the event ‘School’ from May 29th until July 14th 2014. The Israeli artist Smadar Dreyfus who lives in London presents his large-scale audiovisual installation that introduces the visitor to the life of Tel Aviv secondary schools.

The installation comprises of various rooms, each one of them containing a spatial audio recording of a different lesson from a different subject- connected by a central corridor. The recorded Hebrew voices are visualized as projected English texts synchronized with the rhythms of speech. The whole idea of ‘School’ based on voices that are heard without the speakers’ bodies being seen-otherwise called acousmatic voices-marks this project as a continuation of Dreyfus’ earlier work ‘Lifeguards’ and ‘Mother’s Day’. The complete denial of image in ‘School’ is indicative of the fact that Dreyfus is willing for the listener-viewer to inhabit another place and time. Furthermore, the artist attempts to communicate a kind of school that serves as a space that dialogic encounters take place and pupils are not passive but exposed to various pedagogical techniques. ‘School’ offers the audience an incentive to consider more deeply the role of education and engage into broader questions of nationhood and belonging besides from getting to know the life of Tel Aviv schools through acoustic excerpts.

‘School’ audiovisual installation takes place at the House of World Culture Berlin (Haus der Kulturen der Welt) and more information regarding the program and prices can be found here:


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