Will you, beloved stranger? | 2013
    Performance, Architecture, Textual Collation, 2013 Architectural collaborators: Efrat-Kowalsky Architects Video of performance: 43 minutes
    Host and Guest | Tel Aviv Museum | Tel Aviv

    “Will you, beloved stranger?” is a performance piece for two readers in a designed setting featuring a rendition of two bodies of poetic work — those of the Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai (writing in Hebrew) and the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (writing in Arabic).

    This work parses these two bodies of text in English to create a continuous stream. A fragment taken from one set of poems (say, Darwish) is followed by fragment of another (say, Amichai). The act of continuous reading emphasizes the difficulty of the absent conversation it straddles.

    This new miscegnated rescension of a fragmentary Amichai-Darwish corpus has been incised as perforation on to translucent sheets of paper in Hebrew and Arabic and displayed on structures and frames designed by Efrat-Kowalsky Architects in consultation with Raqs. In this instance, the two readers are a native Hebrew speaker and a native Arabic speaker.

    Credits :
    Readers: Amit Gour and Ruba Amira Salameh
    Video tech – Yoav Bezaleli & Oscar Abush