Realities מציאויות وقائع | A Conference on Realities | Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem

Realities מציאויות وقائع | A Conference on Realities


The Department of Photography conference, "Realities 2022", is dedicated to the linkage between photography and reality.

In the preceding century, the prevalent assumption had been that photography is an indexical imprint, true to reality. The current era demonstrates the opposite: photography neither represents reality nor is true to it but rather distorts and disrupts it, creating fictive realities. The conference will address the following issues: reality shows and the pre-conception of photography as representative of reality; art practices that are active in this arena and create reality out of thin air; the relationship of photography and reality, beginning with the inherent history of the medium, alongside changes in the discourse and technological developments that feed them, such as Metaverse and NFTs.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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10:00 – 10:20

Opening address and acknowledgments, David Adika, head of the Photography Department

10:20 – 11:45

[Elad Bar-Noy, Dr. Yonatan Sagiv, Maya Sela, and Dr. Yoav Ron'el]

Reality-producing photography, on reality shows and their impact on the discourse and day-to-day cultures

A panel led by Elad Bar-Noy ("Kan Tarbut journalist and literary critic), with Dr. Yonatan Sagiv, Maya Sela, and Dr. Yoav Ron'el

11:45 – 12:00 – break


[Shani Haziza, Iddo Har]

Reality and fiction: between documentary work and investigative reporting

A conversation between two artists on documenting and journalism – two genres with blurred boundaries between them – on forming discussion and reality and ethics issues. Shani Haziza, journalist and filmmaker (Rav Hanistar, 2020), and Iddo Har, director and documentary filmmaker (Tzel Kaved, 2021). During the conversation, short clips from the films will be shown.

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 15:00

[Daniel Meir, Dan Hasson]

Land. Milk. Honey - real animals and imagined landscapes

Daniel Meir and Dan will discuss the exhibition Land. Milk. Honey - real animals and imagined landscapes, presented in the Israeli Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in the summer of 2021. The exhibition addressed mythology and ecology, agriculture, landscape design, history, building, Zionism and literature. The talk will be accompanied by images and video from the exhibition and consciousness and perspective-altering sound recordings.

15:00 – 15:15 - break

15:15 – 16:45

[Adi Fluman, Nirit Nelson, Hinda weiss, Vardit Gross, Neta Laufer, Prof. Hagi Kenaan, Carmi Dror, Ilanit Konopny]

The Artists Are Present: four conversations with four photographers (accompanied by visual presentations)

Adi Fluman, 'net-actor,' in conversation with Nirit Nelson.

Hinda Weiss, 'Eastern skies Blush,' in conversation with Vardit Gross about ongoing time and layered reality

Neta Laufer, 'Hedge,' in conversation with Prof. Hagi Kenaan about the image of nature and the nature of the image.

Carmi Dror, 'digital spaces,' in conversation with Ilanit Konopny.

17:00 – 17:45

[Dr. Romi Mikulinsky and Eyal De Leeuw]

New Horizons – Old Reality?

Dr. Romi Mikulinsky and Eyal De Leeuw In conversation on NFT and other worlds

17:45 – 18:30

Prof. Dr. Oliver Grau / Guest Keynote Lecture

Prof. Dr. Oliver Grau, Center for Image Science, University for Continuing Education Krems, Austria.

Will we ever become used to Immersion?

Art History and Image Science and a new Archive and Museum Infrastructure in the 21st Century

3D-Film, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Illusion and Immersion … will we soon enter an image space of total illusion? This lecture retells art history as media history, describes the metamorphosis of the concepts of the image and relates it to interaction, interface design, telepresence, and genetic images. 

The lecture will be followed by a conversation between Prof. Oliver Grau and Dr. Orit Bulgaru.

Conference Participants:

Elad Bar Noy

Dr. Yonatan saf\giv

Maya Sela

Dr. Yoav Ron'el

Shani Haziza

Iddo Har

Daniel Meir

Dan Hasson

Adi fluman

Nirit Nelson

Hinda Weiss, photographer and video artist

Vardit Gross, director and chief curator, Artport Tel Aviv

Neta Laufer

Prof. Hagi Kenaan

Carmi Dror

Ilanit Konopny

Dr. Romi Mikulinsky

Eyal De Leeuw

Dr. Orit Bulgaru, curator and scholar

Prof. Oliver Grau