Art-sistence

Now that we have reached the middle of the second decade of the 21st century, it is a good time to ask ourselves: Have we really changed? Has our environment changed? What kind of world are we living in? Where are we going? How will things look in a hundred years from now?
We live in a time of global instability, which expresses itself as anxiety flowing through the veins of our existence. Wars, disasters, and economic crises are translated into threatening images which paint our experience of the world in murky shades that obscure our ability to look clearly into the future.
The Musrara Mix Festival offers a look at the world through the concept of “art-sistence”.
Human subjectivity, or what we call existence, involves a continuous process which projects itself onto the world and onto the future. Human consciousness is not an inner world of thoughts and images, but rather is a process that projects outwards, or our so-called “ek-sistence”.
Images, therefore, are what make the world perceptible. Yet, from the moment the images become mediators, they separate us from the world. Instead of being our map of reality, they become a screen (Vilém Flusser). Artistic creativity is recreated and charged with significance and with a halo which gradually fades with the invention of technical images.
Art-sistence suggests viewing our ongoing existential crisis as a kind of opportunity for growth and change, a place and time in which art can offer an alternative, in which fantasy can become reality and prevailing paradigms can shift. For example, the dichotomy that exists between technology and emotion dissolves in the works of contemporary artists who find ways to use technology that inspire empathy with others. Some groups of artists are finding ways to create a more friendly urban space, a place where residents are able to change and influence the appearance of their environment and the relationships between the residents of the community.
Art-sistence is a consistent action in which the dynamics of change, as well as the changes themselves, create an alternation of actions and a continuity, like living cells that differentiate, are replaced and renewed.
At the festival, we will be presenting art that takes place in the physical space, while being realized in a symbolic and emotional space, in a deeply inquisitive and experimental spirit that finds expression both in traditional exhibition spaces, as well as in the public domain.
The exhibition will feature works relating to the surrounding environment, residential areas, urban life, and globalization, together with works that offer a look inward, at the body, at physicality, emotion and basic human existence.
The works will further reveal themselves and transform in the consciousness of observers through direct dialogue and meetings with the artists who will be present alongside their works.
This year's festival will continue introducing new media works that use the most advanced technological means available in the market, along with performance pieces that use the human body, or installations that use recycled everyday materials.
In keeping with concepts that seeks to blur boundaries, we will further strengthen the connection between the visual arts and music, while creating a diffusion in which music performances will occur in art spaces and will engage in dialogue with the works on display.

Avi Sabag
Chief Curator
Sharon Horodi
Exhibition Curator