Interactive Film Screen to Be Featured in Jerusalem Season of Culture Festival

The cylindrical installation at the Jerusalem museum is one of dozens of exhibits, events and activities that make up this year's Jerusalem Season of Culture, which begins in late July.

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A huge, interactive movie screen made by Israeli designer Ron Arad will be the backdrop to films and performances at the Israel Museum in August.

The cylindrical installation at the Jerusalem museum is one of dozens of exhibits, events and activities that make up this year's Jerusalem Season of Culture, which begins in late July.

Ron AradCredit: Daniel Tchetchik

Arad's installation, called "Curtain Call," was made for the Roundhouse cultural venue in London. It is a curtain made of 5,600 silicon rods suspended from a ring that is 18 meters in diameter and serves as a "canvas for films, live performance and audience interaction," according to the Roundhouse.

Visitors are meant to step inside the screen to view the films or performances, which will include those by Israeli photographer Ori Gersht and Christian Marclay, the Swiss-American visual artist behind the prize-winning installation "The Clock" - a 24-hour video montage constructed from thousands of movie and TV clips depicting the passage of time.

The Jerusalem Season of Culture is a NIS 12 million cultural initiative led by executive director Naomi Bloch Fortis and artistic director Itay Mautner.

Other projects to be featured in this year's season include artistic director Omer Krieger's "Under the Mountain," billed as "a festival of new public art" that treats social interactions as an artistic subject.

The season will also include "Going Up: Jerusalem" - a pilgrimage by artists, social activists and intellectuals that is inspired by social protests in Israel and abroad (June 21-27 ), and the "Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival," which will take place in select locations throughout the city for 24 hours (September 6-7 ).

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