Translocation

What happens when artists go into the lab and start working with living materials such as bacteria, tumors or bodily simulations? What happens when artists experiment in their home environs, using their own bodies or materials and research methods drawn from the natural sciences?
Continuing the theme of Musrara Mix 15, where we developed the idea "art-sistence" as a place where existence and artistic practices meet, this year's festival will focus on the concept of "translocation", offering a glimpse into the world of bio-art. The term translocation comes from the world of genetics, describing a phenomenon in which an entire gene segment is switched between two different chromosomes. Translocation is a kind of genetic mutation that is relatively common in humans and is not usually considered dangerous.
The festival presents works related directly to biological phenomenon, the result of collaborations with scientists, which were created in the laboratory and adopted scientific research methods. In addition, the festival will include works that expand upon the concept of translocation, transferring biological ideas to non-scientific spaces. These include actions in public spaces, displacement, events and identities, phenomena of migration and creating realities, as well as an examination of the interaction between humans and other organisms.
Focusing on various aesthetic and conceptual aspects of these worlds, many of the works relate to the ethical implications of research and the use of research subjects – both animal and human.
This year's festival will present some forty local and international artists alongside students from the Musrara Art School. In keeping with our world view, much space and emphasis is given to works based on the active involvement of the public and on various levels of live interaction, sometimes combined with digital means.
Many of the artists will be present at the festival, providing several opportunities for open channels of communication such as discussions, lectures and workshops open to the public.

Avi Sabag
Chief Curator
Sharon Horodi
Exhibition Curator