Hall 1, erected on the rooftop of Salame 60 in Tel Aviv, is inspired by a mathematical “illumination problem”. The problem was introduced in the 1950’s by Ernst Strauss and was solved by Sir Roger Penrose.
The solution to the illumination problem demonstrated that there exists a room with curved walls which will always have dark regions if it’s lit by a single point light source even though the light is refracted off the walls indefinitely.
I wanted to examine what would happen when I realize a physical space based on the topological properties of this concept and what would be suggested by it once it’s constructed.
Hall I was erected on the balcony of the MFA program of the Bezalel Art Academy in South Tel Aviv- a rapidly gentrifying part of the city. The building will be torn down within a year to make way for a fancy new construction project.
Building the hall was a somewhat absurd reaction to this inevitable process of urban renewal. It is an architectural parasite of sorts.
I was aware of Abra ensemble’s site-specific sound performances and was curious as to how sound would behave in Hall I given that sound waves are not dissimilar to light waves in terms of their overall physical behaviour.
Abra’s performance lent to the space a whole new meaning and honored the artistic endeavours undertaken in the condemned building upon which Hall 1 was erected.
Country/Region Tel Aviv, Israel
Designer Yasha Rozov + Abra Ensemble (IL)
Designer: Yasha Rozov
Constructor: Ofer Cohen
3D Sketches: Eitan Melamed
CNC: Amir Weiss
Abra Ensemble: Yifeat Ziv, Faye Shapiro, Noa Haran, Chanan Ben Simon
Editor & Videographer: Aviad Fuchs