In today’s digital age, information is produced, distributed and consumed in brief, instantaneous, and mostly visual bursts. Feeds, posts, stories, and tweets compete for likes, comments, and followers rather than coexist as waves of difference and nuance. As a result, authentic dialogue and listening have given way to a more polarized and turbulent discourse.
Although our vehicles of information, communication and community building have expanded exponentially with the help of technological innovation, there exists a need to revive education and creativity based on the human sense of hearing.
As a follow up to Hear, Think, Act: Jazz Forms of/in/for Life, we seek to expand our understanding of the auditory process and experience — in its physical, creative, and educational forms. The conference seeks to present a collage of knowledge organized around concepts, theories, ideas, projects, and works of art.
The conference will be organized along two tracts:
1. Artistic aspects: listening techniques for musicians; hearing frequencies; absolute and relative pitch hearing; microtonal hearing; “hearing the visual” and “seeing the auditory”; Music and Noise and more.
2. Educational/Humanistic aspects: hearing space and place; multicultural hearing; hearing the other; hearing nature; hearing internally.
Dr. Aviv Livnat, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design
Dr. Edan Raviv, Assistant Director, NYU Tel Aviv
Dr. Yoav Friedman, Research & Innovation Authority, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design
Hagit Emma Werner
Seven-time Grammy winner Paul Winter has a body of work that chronicles his wide-ranging experiences in the musical traditions and natural environments of the Earth. The saxophonist, composer and bandleader founded Living Music as the recording context for his ensemble, the Paul Winter Consort, and his community of colleagues, which includes some of the world’s finest jazz, world, and classical musicians, along with notable voices from the great symphony of wildlife.
Dr. Aviv Livnat is an artist, musician and a lecturer at the Bezalel Art Academy and Tel Aviv University. He is also the curator of the NYUTA Core Collection of Contemporary Art. His areas of interest lie in the history and philosophy of the arts, East European Jewish history, Yiddish culture and the Avant-garde. Aviv is also a social activist; he established and heads the Raz-Ram Foundation, a special art foundation operating in diverse artistic fields among Arab, Druze Bedouin and Jewish children and communities.
Hagit Emma Werner (1981) is an architect and independent curator from Tel Aviv. She holds a bachelor's degree in architecture (B-Arch) and a master's degree in art theory and critique (MA), both from the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem. Her dissertation deals with the importance of listening as part of the curatorial practice. She formulates "Listening Curation," a methodological compass for curators who want to work with sound.
Agata Skalska is a Ph.D. candidate, research assistant, and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, where she is also currently building the new Janusz Korczak archive. Agata holds an M.A. in empowerment studies and a B.A. in childhood education. Her research interests include Janusz Korczak, his image of the child, perspectives of children in the kindergarten, and the generational order between children and adults.
Haya Sheffer is a Practice-based PhD student at the School of Art at the University of Reading. Israeli born, she is currently a London-based new-media artist who explores personal, human, and cultural behaviour through art. During thirty years of her career, starting as an industrial designer, she was involved in developing personal devices that herald the digital revolution. Her last years are devoted to researching the implications of this revolution on our body and mind. She received her M.Des in Visual Communication from Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and was the Art Director of the Multimedia Department at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Haya has won several prizes and awards, and her work appears in exhibitions throughout Israel, Europe, and Southeast Asia.
Hadar Ben-Tzur is a New York-based designer, working as a Lead Experience Designer at Beyond (Google, Juniper Networks, Coinbase, YouTube, Bridgewater Associates). Over the past few years, she has been researching the extent to which the interfaces people use encourage ethical and moral behavior. Hadar earned her master's degree in NYU's visual communication and technology program (ITP).
Oshrat has been working as an architect since 2004, during this time she initiated and collaborated in various projects as a set designer, director and performer. she holds an MA in Performance Design and Practice (with distinction) from Central Saint Martin’s College of art, UAL, London. Since then, along her architectural practice, she was involved in different educational activities and artistic projects.
Dr. Mali Nevo received her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Management, at Tel Aviv University. She has done research on the Israeli cleantech Industry and is an expert on human-nature relations and the EAP concept (Eco Appreciation Perspective). Mali is a Nature-Therapy facilitator and specializes in multidisciplinary research groups for sustainability research.
Yehonatan Nachshoni is a doctoral student and Lachish and ISEF fellow in cognition and mysticism at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. His research interests include the cognitive aspects of language and thought, their implementation in meditative introspection, and their influence on self-concept. Nachshoni is also a musician and poet, as well as a lecturer at various institutions of Israeli culture and Jewish mysticism
Tami Assulin was born in Tel Aviv. She is deaf from birth. She danced in the “voice and silence” troupe, a modern dance troupe in which deaf and hearing dancers danced together, and was a member of the theater group and the "Ten Fingers" movement, a theater of deaf people led by director Hemed Schulberg. Tami studied art at the Art College and teaches dance at the Kibbutzim Seminary. She has published three books of poetry. Her latest book, "Sea Fa", is the first poetry book in the world written in the "Fa" syntax of the deaf community.
Marine Zorea is a designer, researcher and artist based in Israel and Japan. A psychology graduate (Tel Aviv University), she earned her MSc in product design at Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan, where she is currently researching future home soundscapes and interaction design for emergent technologies at the future home in her PhD studies. Drawing upon research into everyday experiences and social, environmental and technological contexts, she applies participatory methodologies to create with people objects that exist symbiotically with the world. She has collaborated with Japanese manufacturers and design consultancies, and showed her work in prominent institutions in Japan and abroad. Marine is currently a lecturer in the Industrial Design Master's program (Design and Technology Track), Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.
Dr. Eilon Aviram is a graduate of the Rimon School of Contemporary Music and Jazz. Holds a Bachelor of Education degree in conducting choirs, and M.Ed. in music education from the Levinsky College in Tel-Aviv, and Ph.D. in Music Education from Bar-Ilan University. For years he has been involved with musical instruction at various educational levels from elementary to college.
Adam Aronov, a bachelor’s in computer science graduate and a master’s student in Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem, department of Industrial Design, Design and Technology track. Currently a R&D team lead in a private company called Infinidat.