Multimedia artist Emmanuel Witzthum (Jerusalem) and scholar Jeffrey Shandler (Rutgers University), in conversation with Francesco Spagnolo (The Magnes, UC Berkeley), will discuss Witzthum’s audiovisual installation, Dissolving Localities | Berkeley Jerusalem (on view at The Magnes until July 3, 2012), and unveil the Jerusalem/Berkeley component of the project to the public.
With the participation of violist Nils Bultmann (CNMAT, UC Berkeley).
The program includes the premiere of the recently completed installation of Dissolving Localities, as well as a performance of Witzthum’s Shma (2003) for viola and voice, based on a poem by Hanoch Levin.
Jeffrey Shandler is Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. He is author of Jews, God, and Videotape: Religion and Media in America (New York University Press, 2009), Adventures in Yiddishland. Postvernacular Language and Culture (UC Press 2005) and While America Watches: Televising the Holocaust (Oxford UP 1999), among other books. He lives in New York.
Francesco Spagnolo is the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and a Lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of California Berkeley, and a host of cultural programs for RAI (Italian National Radio). He is the author of The Dance of the Chameleon (CUEM 2000), and editor of Aesthetics of Extreme Situations (CUEM 2001), of Imre Toth’s Palimpsest (1998 and 2003), and of the audio-anthology, Italian Jewish Musical Traditions (Hebrew University of Jerusalem 2002 and 2006).
Nils Bultmann is a violist, improviser, and composer currently based in the San Francisco bay area. Rooted in classical technique and tradition, he has developed his own voice within the context of a wide variety of musical styles and art forms. Visit his website at http://www.nilsbultmann.com/