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All-Night Arts Festival at the Israel Museum on July 14

“Contact Point” Offers an Evening of Site-Specific Artistic Encounters throughout the Museum Campus






Jerusalem, June 28, 2011 – The Israel Museum and the Jerusalem Season of Culture present the second annual all-night arts festival, “Contact Point,” on July 14. This unique event offers visitors an entirely different museum experience, as thirty artists, writers, and performers engage with works of art across the Museum's campus. The evening culminates in a magical Wi Party, a silent dance party in which guests gather under the open sky and dance to music played through wireless headphones. The party takes place surrounding Anish Kapoor’s Turning the World Upside Down, Jerusalem (2010) on the Museum's Crown Plaza, the highest outdoor point on its campus.

Throughout the night, Museum-goers will have the singular opportunity to experience artistic encounters in dance, music, word, and performance that respond directly to the Museum’s art and architecture. Participants include: Gil Alon, Menahem Ben, Broken Fingaz, Dikla, Ruti Direktor, Shai Golden, Sharon Kantor, Karolina, Sigalit Landau, Ram Matza, Kobi Meidan, the Sirenot Ensemble, Yossi Sarid, Smadar Sheffi, Daniella Weiss, and Yigal Zalmona, among others.

"Contact Point is a unique celebration of culture and creativity in which artists of all kinds interact with works of art, landscape, and architecture throughout the Museum’s campus," said James S. Snyder, Anne and Jerome Fisher Director of the Israel Museum. "We are delighted to invite the public to experience the Museum in this new and exciting way.    

"Contact Point, a thoroughly original museum experience, offers an alternative way to consume art," said Nir Turk, the artistic director of Contact Point. "The contact point is the eye of the consumer."

Highlights of the evening include:

"Foreign Work" – This one-time collaboration among five dancers from major Israeli dance companies hailing from different countries offers the audience a unique perspective on what it means to be "foreign" in Israel. The performance will be staged at the feet of Ohad Meromi's Boy from South Tel Aviv (2001) in the Museum's Upper Entrance Hall.

"For More Information, Please Dial…" – An interactive project in which visitors can call in questions to art experts to gain insights about works of art on view in the galleries. The four-member panel of experts, all curators or professional art critics, will be on stage in the Museum's Springer Auditorium, where audience members can also "dial in" to listen to their explanations.

“A Little Bit of Love” – Musical performances by Karolina and Dikla about things they love will be presented next to Robert Indiana's AHAVA (1977) in the Billy Rose Art Garden.

Contact Point is organized by the Israel Museum and the Jerusalem Season of Culture. Entrance to the event is included in Museum admission. The complete program will be available online one week prior to the event at: www.jerusalemseason.com. For tickets, please call 02-6771300. Highlights from last year's Contact Point can be seen on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRYHnSOrZMo.

The Jerusalem Season of Culture

The Jerusalem Season of Culture (JSOC) is a newly launched annual summer showcase of the city's contemporary cultural treasures. From mid-May through the end of July, the city hosts a series of riveting artistic experiences in dance, music, poetry, philosophy, visual art, new media, and more. Created as an initiative of the Schusterman Foundation–Israel, JSOC is modeled on prominent international cultural festivals and seasons worldwide and puts a spotlight on Jerusalem's flourishing arts scene through an impressive series of cultural events that are rooted in the city's unique cultural DNA. JSOC's co-directors are Naomi Bloch-Fortis and David Gappell. Artistic director is Itay Mautner.


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