now we have been some days digging in the waste dumps around. sometimes thought we got used to the smell, but after a while it gets hard. some of our our palestinian collegues are really tough, especially the students like Imam and Bashar. 17 years old brave guys, good company in a lot of adventures. but also they start to complain today. maybe it is difficult to imagine what we experienced the last days walking in waste dumps. talking to children who work there every day. some of them showed us their secret places and instructed us how to dig out interesting things – we made a huge collection of materials like shoes, kitchen stuff, bones… and there are some interesting sub-projects arising from these experiences in the group. the main group is built now by about ten people. the youngest one is 14, Rafat, who has his own strong plan for the exhibition. a diverse group of people and so we have good discussions about our common materials. we will show you later some pictures from the caves in the dump, the artists group and people we met. today again we had a video conference with the gaza based artists. they will not get a permit to come to ramallah, but they will send their works to the exhibitions opening on sunday. it is a pity that we cannot meet personally as it would be interesting to share experiences and thoughts. tomorrow arrives mirko heinemann here, a german journalist, good friend of Martin Kroll. he will make a reportage and stay with us until the opening. Mirko and Kroll will travel to gaza on thursday, meet the artists there and bring their materials to ramallah. we are still in the young artists forum now. surrounded by the trash collection. the room looks interesting now. i close this now, want to go to the hotel and have a shower. maybe tomorrow we find the time to post some new photos.
finally we could start the real work yesterday. excursion to Nablus with all the checkpoint-problems and what you can expect travelling through Palestine. we went together with some of the young artists from Ramallah, Laura Werres, the project manager of Goethe-Institut for this project, Diana Mardi, a palestinian journalist, Markus Luecke from GTZ and some more company to Nablus and different waste sites around. Beside the checkpoint questions had some experiences with landscape, like our taxi was not able to bring us up the hills in the desert… what was helpful to find inspiring places and meet people… hot sun, lots of dust and at the end all our feet in the waste dump. sorry that i cannot give you a little peace of smell now. so maybe you can visit the exhibition and try it…
the plan is to construct an installation containing waste objects, video, sound, photos. we will bring all the material together until sunday 28th and exhibit at the Goethe-Institut in Ramallah. the installation will then travel and be shown in Gaza, Jenin, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Berlin.
Kick-off meetings for the project in Ramallah. trans4m orchestra. artistic exchanges on the topic of waste and water problems in Palestine. Some of the artists taking part in the project live in Gaza and are not able to travel to Ramallah. Had a video conference in the morning to discuss the work plans and start cooperations. We hope to meet during the works for the installation, which will be exhibited oct 28th in Ramallah, at the Goethe-Institut. If possible we will travel to Gaza – if not we will have a virtual cooperation, exchanging materials via internet. discussions are not easy like that.
Meeting with the Ramallah based participants. Project gets real now. Tomorrow excursion to waste dumps in the area of Nablus.
Installing workspace at the Ramallah Young Artist Forum. This Non-Governmental-Organisation (one of the numerous NGOs here in Palestine) is hosting the project up from today. All painting classes and other activities here are delayed to give the trans4m orchestra project space.
We managed to buy chicken-boxes on the market. Some fruitsellers gave us their old transport boxes, fitting exactly to our plan for the installation. Funny discussions about dirty plasticboxes in arts projects.
Tomorrow morning we will have a video conference with the artists in Gaza, who will participate in the work sending video, sound and fotographs. Until now they don´t have the permit to come to Ramallah to join the work here. We will see.
GTZ is helping with the technical equipment to at least meet in the video conference and concrete some plans together.
We are preparing our travel to Ramallah on sunday.
The Goethe-Institut Palestinian Territories and the GTZ invited us to do a project in collaboration with palestinian organisations, artists and students from 15th to 28th of october. Together we will make research about the waste problematic in Palestine and set up an installation.
We’ve already been in Ramallah in june this year to prepare the work.