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The Judaica Project with Nazlıhan Eda Erçin (Turkey), Agnieszka Mendel (Poland), & Ben Spatz (US)

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Oct 16, 2017
Oct 16, 2017

Nazlıhan Eda Erçin in the project Judaica: An Embodied Laboratory for Songwork (AHRC 2016-2018). Photograph by Garry Cook. University of Huddersfield, 2017.


Monday, October 16
Segal Theatre
All Day Screenings + 6:30pm Presentation
FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Co-presented with SITI Company, additional support from the Center for Jewish Studies (GC, CUNY).


Events Schedule

6:30pm Live Presentation:
The Judaica project is a laboratory for new embodied technique at the crossroads of experimental performance, critical identity politics, and ethnomusicological archives. Funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council to conduct six months of full-time embodied research, the Judaica project has been working with Jewish songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Turkish, Luganda, English, and other languages. The laboratory work draws on performance studies, social epistemology, visual anthropology, de-colonial Jewish studies, and contemporary philosophy to offer new ways of thinking and working with vocality, embodiment, identity, culture, and multimedia. www.urbanresearchtheater.com


Daytime Judaica Project screenings:

12:00pm-1:00pm Selections from Songwork Catalogue II:
Short video excerpts from Judaica laboratory sessions involving the core research trio (Ben Spatz, Nazlıhan Eda Erçin, Agnieszka Mendel). Carefully selected from hundreds of hours of footage and juxtaposed across time, these videos are presented ‘raw’ without commentary or framing.

1:00pm-2:00pm Selections from Songwork Catalogue III:
Further excerpts from Judaica laboratory sessions in which the core research trio worked with invited guests: Caroline Gatt (anthropologist), Ilona Krawczyk (performer), Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz (visual artist), Robert Brzozowski and Jacek Sribniak (musicians), Solomiya Moroz (composer), and Massimiliano Balduzzi (performer).

2:00pm-5:00pm Video Essays:
Curated selection of video essays from the Judaica project including Diaspora (30 minutes), Triptych: Genesis, Kavana, Sabbath (27 minutes), He Almost Forgets That There is a Maker of the World (30 minutes), Shishelai: Identity in the Laboratory (15 minutes), nefs: embodied self (12 minutes), Whispering Letters (20 minutes), Dzialoszyce (15 minutes), and others TBD.


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