The course explores the complexity of Israel as one of the most contentious geographical zones of modern history.
The field Trip course pretends to establish an opaque representation of the life and landscape of this place. The output of Field Trip will be the result of a trip, an investigative and curious one. A diary of a well-trodden land.
Stephen Shore has described Israel and the West Bank as “‘impossible to comprehend because of the extreme heterogeneity of the land, its history, and its population.”
Nick Waplington: “When I arrived in Israel for the first time in 2007, I was struck by how many different identities existed in the region, and how many ways there were to be ‘other’ – not just Jewish versus Arab, but even within the category of ‘Israeli’”.
Martin Kollar: “The light in Israel it’s just the direct sun overhead. It’s just hard, strong light with a blue skylight; it’s horrible. But somehow, I didn’t have a problem with it, and in the end, I started to like it. I also enjoyed how the architecture appeared in this hard light and combinations of buildings, which looked like film sets.”
As a starting point of the course, the students will meet a diversity of thinkers and activists from the ideological spectrum. We will establish contacts with NGOs that can provide access to communities and people all over the country.
During the course, the students will show their works in a classroom format to share ideas and insides by the forum.
At the end of the semester, we will have a final event in which all the students will exhibit a small exhibition or presentation.