Under this title (translates: ‘Dream and Trauma’ which incoporates already a connotation of the inherent difficulty and danger) the last project for this year opened yesterday at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. As interesting as the project sounds – reading the introduction text and the here taken assoziations used to connect to common images about the middle east region of palestine /israel this text does not really seems to be helpful to diminish or avert clichées (on either side) successfully. Eventually the title is more program than planed and to be open to that might be the most interesting part in going there and expecting the views offered.
|Palestinians do not only feature as rock- throwers but also as tourists travelling through post-1948 Israel in a bus, musing on their right to the land which they can only view in this guise. Israelis are not depicted as soldiers but as punks debating the margins of music and the fate of the pedestrian in urban|
Part of the focus of the programme is to examine the complexity of the land in terms of Israeli societies and subcultures, or of those who are perceived as the outsiders due to their ethnic or sexual difference. This set of references and this context provides a fresh set of positions to help the viewer into the complexity that we call Israel within the Middle East.