Thursday, September 18, 2008


Reuse project 2, abandoned jym in Dizingof street, Tel Aviv, Israel.

The REUSE PROJECT 2 here in Tel Aviv was a great success and has accomplished its goal to raise public awareness about the issues of abandoned and publicly forgotten spaces in the process. REUSE PROJECT 2, like the first REUSE PROJECT in Jerusalem last year, has become a larger challenge to the public and an exercise in space liberation, urban renewal, and guerrilla art. Its about giving back something positive to the community and making a social statement through our expressions at the same time.
Reuse project 2, abandoned jym in Dizingof street, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Although disappointing, we had anticipated the closing to be inevitable because most "post-industrial cities" are too close minded about reuse concepts of this kind and proportion, mainly because of its capitalist nature, it just doesn't have the money (what it calls "resources") to rehab buildings, when the real resource of any populated area is the population the closing is part of the exhibition too...we have had many local people tell us about the closing with frustration...and its actually a good thing for raising even more awareness of the neglected space issues within Tel Aviv as well as showing people the inefficiency of using capitalism (and any imitation of it) as the only tool to reuse these places (their are abandoned and forgotten buildings all over the world!).
So, in summary, after twelve days of showing...REUSE PROJECT 2's door may come open again but not in relation to our show here but we hope that the next time the those doors open that it will be as an action of the people, perhaps by those who want it to be open because they now see the value and potential of the no longer forgotten space...

Again...thanks to all of you who helped to manifest this project and its vision! REUSE, RESIST, and INSPIRE!

Monday, September 8, 2008

The Tribe

What can the most successful doll on the planet show us about being Jewish today? Narrated by Peter Coyote, the film mixes old school narration with a new school visual style. The Tribe weaves together archival footage, graphics, animation, Barbie dioramas, and slam poetry to take audiences on an electric ride through the complex history of both the Barbie doll and the Jewish people- from Biblical times to present day. By tracing Barbie's history, the film sheds light on the questions: What does it mean to be an American Jew today? What does it mean to be a member of any tribe in the 21st Century?

Saturday, September 6, 2008


An INSPIRE Collective social action exhibition of urban art and renewal.

The ReUse Project is an on-going street and domestic planning campaign endorsing urban perma-culture and renewal through artistic means.
So, for all those hippies who should be wearing boots...for all of you anarchists and artists who should be living like you mean it,, but also for ALL of us who should be using what we're refusing: Now open to the public as a tribute to urban art and renewal...
ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK: The INSPIRE Collective and Joint Effort Gallery are proud to present this year's ReUse Project 2: a global art exhibition completely reusing one abandoned building in central Tel Aviv... Watch and learn to reuse as over 120 international and local artists take over this central location!!

To be added to the mailing list for future INSPIRE Collective events, please email ITW @ idiotthewise@gmail with "street art mailing list please" in the title...


View some video shorts of some of the reusing that has been happening on site:

This is the 2nd REUSE PROJECT...see photos of the first REUSE PROJECT in Jerusalem here:

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