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Festival of Light 2016: Purple Route

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 15, 2016

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This year the Festival of Light included a route into the center of Jerusalem. This is not the first time that there have been installations outside the Old City. The first Festival of Light included the City Hall (Iriya). In the photo above, the central Post Office is lit by colored lights that are activated by hitting the mailboxes across the street. This is shown in the video below.

Eiffel Tower, by Luminarie De Cagna, Italy.

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Love Jerusalem is an elaborate ad for the “Friends of Zion” museum, but it’s cleverly done. A video follows the photo.

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Balls of Light, by Siddhartha (Israel) didn’t knock my socks off but it was a brilliant piece of marketing–after hiking around the Old City for a couple hours, most people would welcome the opportunity to sit down at one of the restaurants or cafes in Nahalat Shiva.

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Festival of Light 2016: Large Fire Tornado

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 7, 2016

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The Large Fire Tornado should appeal to the pyromaniac in all of us. 🙂 It was created by Ivo Schoofs and “Kinetic Humor”, from the Netherlands.

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My video below shows the countdown and the fire rising inside the structure.

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Festival of Light 2016: Crystallized

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 2, 2016

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Crystallized, by French artists, Jonathan Richer and David Chanel, was great fun to photograph. It is the second last work on the blue trail, in the covered Cardo.

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I set this video to play the thirty seconds I shot of “Crystallized,” pointing the camera through the end of one of the tubes.

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Festival of Light 2016: Live Music

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 2, 2016

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The Festival of Light almost always has a few live musical acts, which are often not noted on the maps or list of exhibits, so running into them is a matter of serendipity. The fellow above was playing an inverted steel drum, which I believe is a Hang (took me a few tries to track that one down!). If you want to know what it sounds like, scroll down to the video I’ve embedded at the end of this post. This musician wasn’t listed among the artists, so I have no idea what his name is. He appeared in the middle of the blue route.

Guitarist at the beginning of the blue route:

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Pyromania’s “Illuminated Orchestra,” going for a stroll along the Armenian Quarter road.

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Digeridoo player at the beginning of the red trail. I took this photo very quickly, so I didn’t notice the ultra-orthodox family watching the musician.

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Here’s a video with four short clips of the Hang drummer, “Crystalized” (blue trail), “Globoscope” (green trail), and an un-named installation on the red trail, with Eimear Quinn singing “The Voice”.

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Festival of Light 2016: Fountain

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 1, 2016

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If you haven’t been to this year’s Festival of Light in the Old City (and Nahalat Shiva), you still have tonight and tomorrow. The fountain outside Jaffa Gate was wonderful. It’s worth watching the performance all the way through an entire cycle–only about 7 minutes.

The installation is called, “A Moment with Water Fountains,” by Latvian artists Diana Civle, Janis Petersons, and Marcis Gulbis. If you’re viewing the fountain from the “front”, where all the people are, you will have to find a good angle where you aren’t blocked by trees, people’s heads, and the ubiquitous cellphones. But you can hear the music more easily from the side of the fountain that is closest to Jaffa Gate.

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If you don’t mind being further from the sound, the ramparts of the Tower of David (ground level, just outside the wall) are never crowded and there’s only one tree blocking the view.

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During the finale, the water forms a grey wall and pictures are projected onto the water. The projections are more vivid from the “back” of the fountain than the front:

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Here’s a video I took of the fountain. The first half is from the front and the second half from the back (on the following night). Sorry about the wind noise in the second segment–I was planning only to take still photos, so I didn’t bring a directional mike and I don’t have a “dead cat.”

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Children’s Folk Dance Group, Yom Atzmaut 2016

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 17, 2016

This was a more traditional folk dance performance. Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of this group but they danced beautifully. The girls are so light on their feet that they move like gazelles. Very few boys seem to participate in the younger groups (I have a son–folk dance doesn’t have quite the same cachet for young boys as soccer and karate….). This group had two male dancers.

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Hassidic Theme Dance, Yom Atzmaut 2016

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 17, 2016

This performance was cute. A troupe of girls dressed as Hassidic boys dance to a medley of Hassidic tunes. Around the midpoint of the video, the “rebbe” (the only boy in the group) joins in with a Torah scroll.

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Yerushalayim shel Zahav Dance Group, Yom Atzmaut 2016

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 16, 2016

Recorded at the Israel Museum, May 12, 2016. This dance troupe of senior citizens performed several dances in different costumes (must have been hot!). In the commentary, the first segment is described as a “very old dance” and the second was performed to music from the 70s and 80s. I doubt that the first dance is a true folk dance; it is very complex with little repetition and must have taken quite a while to learn. Still, it’s fun to watch.

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Folk Dancing at the Israel Museum (Yom Atzmaut 2016)

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 15, 2016

I have a confession to make. Although I’ve lived in Israel since 1989, I’ve never seen a folk dance performance except maybe on TV. Since we had no plans on Yom Atzmaut, we decided to go to the Israel Museum to watch the folk dancing there and I shot this video of some of the dances with non-performers (I’ll post the videos of performances later). In the first segment, there’s a guy holding a plastic sword aloft. He’s from the Yerushalayim shel Zahav dance troupe, a group of senior citizens who performed several times. At 3:38 I added a notation to point out a young guy in a blue shirt and beige baseball cap who really got into the dancing. I started following him with the camera because he was fun to watch.

These videos were shot in the middle of a hot day, between 11 and 1:30. You can see from the shadows that the sun is directly overhead and there’s no shade. It didn’t seem to deter anyone. They all seem to be having a lot of fun.

I was struck by how diverse the folk dance fans are–they cover a wide range of ages and religious observance. I almost wished I had gone to the weekly folk dance classes that were held at the Hebrew U., but honestly, I had two left feet in those days. Being a musician does not translate into being able to dance. I could do it now but I have too many hobbies at the moment. 🙂

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My Very Own Unboxing Video

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 23, 2014

Western Wall, Jerusalem

A friend and coworker made this short video of my photo going up on the wall of his home office (that means it’s also in the background for his conference calls and on-line meetings). I feel like I’m right up there with the new iPhone! 🙂

The photo is an HDR rendering of the Western Wall, from 2010. I’ve never seen one of my works printed on 20×30″ canvas before. I’m really bad about printing my photos because I’m always chasing the “next, best” image.

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