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TranceFigure – the title given to the 20th Musrara Mix festival, which denotes a profound and mental positive change of external and inner forms – seems more relevant than ever, particularly when examined through the lens of the shaman. In many instances, the shaman is the healer-patient, whose consciousness is expanded through the healing process. In a time of global pandemic that touches on every aspect of our lives, the shamanistic act allows us to examine the new forming relationships between spirituality and art, and the constant changes that take place within us and in the world around us.

We decided to insist on the dimension of physical presence and invited artist to create an artwork that addresses the original theme, in the spirit of the present time and place.

This year, the festival will take place in a special digital edition over three days. The multidisciplinary program brings together the art and performance program curated by Vera Korman and the electro-acoustic program Musrara Sonics, curated by Eran Sachs. The festival also invited Noam Enbar to curate a special program surrounding the festival’s main theme, inspired by healing and magic traditions. In addition to the central program, the festival will also hold an international student film competition and host two online panels. The artworks will open for viewing every day at a scheduled time and will remain available for streaming for the festival’s 3 days.

PITA & Tina Frank


Audio visual performance, 51:39 min, 2020, Austria
Longtime collaborators Peter Rehberg and Tina Frank, with even longer breaks in between their collective appearances, connect and interweave in real time with audio and video modular frequences. Playful, abstract colorshapes mix with twisted but organized audio scapes. Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum- Tel Aviv

Nina Glockner

Elbow-to-Elbow, listening.

Video documentation of an online performance workshop, 2020, Netherlands/Israel
Together with students from Musrara, the Naggar School of Art and Society, Nina Glockner explores aesthetic and performative techniques to gain a form of “remote togetherness.” Can we – from a distance, during online encounters – create a different awareness of collective space and tactility, by touching the same material, executing the same movement score, making the same sounds, drawing the same figures? Can we establish a common experience of time and space for a moment?


Jerusalem based drone-rock trio

Music performance, 53:12 min. 2020, Israel
The ensemble’s activity is rooted in two basic assumptions: the Schopenhauerian assumption that all life is suffering and the assumption that in order to free the world, one must pass through the chasms of suffering. Thus, the band members embark on a journey of self-sacrifice. They take their mind and body to the brink, playing the same sound and rhythm until they start to bleed, on the path to salvation. The trio draws a line between ancient religious meditative drone music to energetic 20th century Krautrock. The outcome is a shamanistic rock and roll ritual that leads the listeners to sonoric ecstasy. Ensemble Members: Electric Guitar- Shaul Kohn Drums- Daniel Treystman Improvised Bagpipes- Niv Gafni Cinematographer- Eyal Bitton Recording Technician- Ron Sheskin Photo: Itamar Ginzburg

Zohar Shafir, Luciana Kaplun, Ruti De Vries

The return of those who went back

Video Performance, 10:58 min. 2020, Israel
A musical-sculptural performance based on the interactions between the characters and their surroundings: They assemble for a vocal action and become re-acquainted with the environment, now from a different perspective and a new reality. Three human-bird like creatures will walk the streets and alleys of Musrara and learn to sing. Video – Shimon, Gitay and Goni Riskin Video editing and sound – Ruti De Vries, Zohar Shafir Luciana Kaplun Costumes – Ruti De Vries Produced by Musrara school and Organuz studio

Bjørn Melhus

Freedom & Independence

Video art, 15:00 min. 2014, Germany
Freedom & Independence confronts neoliberal elitist thinking using generic media fragments of religious prophecies about the end of time in the setting of a privatised habitat marked by architectures of megalomania. It is a tour de force using elements of fairy tales, musicals, comedy and horror films to scour our global psyche for ingrained promises of salvation, childhood traumata and the work ethic as it is affected by our desire for self-improvement.  

Rafi Balbirsky

Personal Jesus

Video art, 26:19 min. 2020, Israel
Created during the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, Personal Jesus comprises three chapters: sound performance, personal interview, and a meditative video work. Each section relates to Jesus. The work touches on the shadow of Judaism and Israeliness, the one whose name shall not be spoken, Yeshua Ben Yosef – “the most internationally-successful Israeli”. (*) (*) Ehud Banai

Musrara Galleries Panel

As part of Musrara Mix Festival, Musrara galleries invite the public to an online gallery talk in the exhibition “Natural Glitch”. The talk will open by the galleries’ director Ayelet Hashahar Cohen, who will present the exhibitions on view at Musrara galleries. Later, curator Michal Baror will host the artist Hadas Satt, and the head of the Urban Nature Division at the Society for the Protection of Nature, Amir Balaban, for a conversation about the complex relationship between nature conservation and photography.