HORA

A sound installation for 12 loudspeakers for "Night light festival"

Situated in southern Tel Aviv, Neve Shaanan, is Israel's biggest immigrant neighborhood the past two decades. As in other immigration areas around the world, the tension between old and new is present. I wanted to confront the complexity of the Jewish mixed community with the newly created newcomers of Neve Shaanan.For the piece I have recorded 12 inhabitants of the neighborhood singing in 12 different languages a song they remember from their childhood, then I created a collage from these sounds so that each voice is being played from a different speaker.

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A collage of 12 different immigrants singing a childhood song, situated on a circle that resembles a traditional Jewish dance

Sonically, the experience is both colorful and disorienting. The speakers are laid in a circle, referring to the popular Hora dance circles that symbolized the coming together of Jews from around the world in the early days of the state of Israel. The number 12 represents the 12 ancient Hebrew tribes that came together when inhibiting the ancient land of Israel. The work tries to celebrate the diversity of Neve Shaanan and at the same time say something about the acceptance of immigrants globally and locally. 

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