During this tumultuous year for the arts, it has been my honor and great pleasure to be a LABA East Bay 2021 Artist Fellow. LABA is a lab for Jewish culture, using classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of art, dialogue, and study. This year’s mind-blowingly talented cohort of Artistic Fellows–located in NY, Buenos Aires, and the SF Bay Area–has been studying texts and creating new work based on the theme “Chose(n)”.
Join us this coming Sunday, November 7, from 4-5:30 PM in Berkeley for a live public showing of the East Bay fellows’ projects. My project, “GOLEM: A Visual Exploration of Jewish Texts in the Era of Advanced Technology”, will bring the ancient legends of artificial humans into the 21st century, challenging us with questions such as, “When humanity chooses to play the role of its own creator, how do we keep the new technology under control?”; “Just because we have the technology to spawn a new form of intelligence, must we act on the creative impulse?”; and “How is humanity helped and hindered by playing the role of the divine?” My fellow artists in the cohort will be presenting their own amazing projects, including cutting-edge visual arts, a concert of new music based on the texts we studied, and a wearable AI device that can recognize your emotions. All this and more, in a live, fun, and Covid-safe environment!
Tickets are limited due to social distancing requirements, so grab yours today. They are available, on a pay-what-you-can basis, here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/labalive-tickets-187056931317