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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.

Tunni Kraus


Video performance, 24:10 min. 2020, Australia
Sitting on the intersection between two biblical languages sits a lonely Jerusalem. Written as a compilation of elegies in the form of a Hebrew alphabetic acrostic, Jerusalem is introduced in her state of lockdown, a deep, digital media induced depression. Borrowing from the tradition, rhythm and form of religious dirges, her diary is scribed with a feather and ink on parchment. From an empty synagogue within her walls, her cries for a reimagined redemption are recited by Adiel Cohney. Recital – Adiel Cohney Translation – Daniella Slonim Edit – Hallel Kula Special Thanks – Kalman Gavriel, Husky Gawenda, Yivniyah Kaploun and Aster Radai Produced by Musrara school and Organuz studio  

Alex Drool

Impaled Doctrine

Audio visual, 07:41 min. 2020, Israel
“Gathered for a sacred rite… Call upon the oldest one to intercede… Lost for centuries” “Speak my name” “Weapons aimed at liberty” “Lost in these walls… Endlessly” IA IAK SAKKAKH IAK SAKKAKH IA SHAXUL IA KINGU IA CTHULU IA AZBUL IA AZABUA

Martina Claussen

Between Breath and Noise

Audio visual performance, 28:16 min. 2020, Austria
Voice and sound recordings, together with sound objects, weave a “sound carpet” that provides the basis for an electroacoustic journey. These textures act as a sort of humus for voices, from which they repeatedly emerge in fragmented form. Associations of the most diverse kinds and unexpected connections are evoked. Claussen explores and combines the sounds of the human voice and sound objects with field recordings, analogue and digital electronics. She explores the space and the performative action and has over the years steadily developed her own distinctive style of music. Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum- Tel Aviv

Faye Shapiro and the Einsof

Elefneshikot | Sharash

50:18 min. 2020, Israel
Faye Shapiro creates ritualistic performances, spaces for vocal and community healing, in which the public is invited to connect to a deep listening that facilitates emotional and perceptual cleansing and amplifying processes. Her songs combine different worlds: They are as catchy as pop music, repetitive and mantra-like. Simple, meandering, surprising. The work centers on the use of the full vocal spectrum – a range that stretches between the beautiful and the polished to the rough and the raw. Exposed and human. A performance by Faye Shapiro Drums – Ronnie Wagner Flute, Kalimba, Nose Flute – Avner Miryam Amit Voices, Shaker – LeeLa Gal, Lia Amit Music, Arrangements and Lyrics- Faye Shapiro Lyrics for the song “Lama Hita’havti” – Avi Bitter Set Design, Styling, Altar- Joanna Jones lighting – Omer Sheizaf Photo: Alex Apt Produced by Musrara school and Organuz studio


Butterfly Boy

Psychedelic Hip-Hop, 50:03 min. 2020, Israel
Shekel is a musician, singer, and musical producers, one of the main figures in the booming hip hop scene in Israel over the last decade. His house project is Ravid Plotnik – Nechi Nech, but he has also worked with the likes of Tuna, Peled, Arutz Hakibud, Sima Nun, Dudu Farouk, and others. In the last year he released the solo album “Butterfly Boy” to popular and critical acclaim. In his solo show, Shekel will perform new adaptations for songs from his albums. Vocal – Shekel / Eyal Davidi Keyboard – Yehonatan Bitton Video Art – Gil Aharonov Manager – Nir Drezner lighting – Omer Sheizaf Photo: Tal Tchetchick Produced by Musrara school and Organuz studio

Adaya Godlevsky


Video Performance, 07:31 min. 2020, Israel
The artistic act as a movement of revealment and concealment. Stone. Interpreting and hiding throughout Musrara neighborhood while acting within itself. Stone. Adaya moves. Stone. With the harp of existence fluttering wing Shattering and birthing myths of time place and psyche Produced by Musrara school and Organuz studio

Melanie Bonajo

Night Soil — Fake Paradise

Full HD one-channel video, 52:00 min. 2014, courtesy the artist & AKINCI, Netherlands
Melanie Bonajo: “In recent years there has been an expansion of a ‘medicine’ called Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is a psychedelic brew of various plant infusions. Its origin springs from ancient Amazon traditions. My question is: Why have people born in Western culture started to re-use psychedelic plants as a mental, physical and spiritual medicine? How does this ancient tradition fit in to our contemporary lifestyle? What are the potentials and what are the consequences of its popularity?”        

Jörg Brinkmann


Video art, 03:36 min. 2011, Germany
The sound of a voice from a YouTube clip is analyzed with custom software and translated into servo motor movements. The mouth moves in sync with the video’s voice, which is realized with a bulldog clip attached to the lower lip. In the original video clip, a controversial shaman known as “Little Grandmother” delivers a monologue about religion, ego, and love reminiscent of a mantra.