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					Art	
  Basel	
  Ideas	
  
Eric,	
  Lionel,	
  Grant,	
  Craig	
  
August	
  28,	
  2012	
  

     1. Pallet	
  City	
  
Multiple	
  artists	
  are	
  provided	
  with	
  raw	
  materials,	
  including	
  (x	
  number)	
  of	
  pallets,	
  
spray	
  paint,	
  building	
  supplies	
  (hammer,	
  nails,	
  etc)	
  and	
  5	
  items	
  they	
  request	
  prior	
  to	
  
the	
  event.	
  They	
  can	
  work	
  individually	
  or	
  in	
  teams.	
  Teams	
  should	
  include	
  
construction/engineer,	
  architect,	
  painter/graffitist.	
  
These	
  artists	
  are	
  tasked	
  with	
  one	
  of	
  the	
  below	
  missions	
  (need	
  your	
  input)	
  and	
  work	
  
on	
  them	
  during	
  the	
  week	
  while	
  people	
  watch:	
  
           A. Security	
  Fence,	
  working	
  title:	
  Build	
  It	
  and	
  They	
  Will	
  Not	
  Come:	
  To	
  
              construct	
  a	
  security	
  fence	
  (ie	
  separation	
  wall	
  as	
  found	
  between	
  Israel	
  and	
  
              “Palestine”.	
  	
  
                 a. CONCEPT:	
  Israel	
  needs	
  the	
  fence.	
  But,	
  the	
  world	
  condemns	
  it.	
  So,	
  
                       we	
  give	
  these	
  artists	
  an	
  opportunity	
  to	
  try	
  and	
  make	
  it	
  better.	
  
                       What	
  else	
  can	
  be	
  done	
  with	
  the	
  fence	
  to	
  make	
  it	
  more	
  
                       humanitarian,	
  prettier,	
  sustainable?	
  	
  
                 b. THEATRICAL	
  COMPONENT:	
  n	
  the	
  other	
  side	
  of	
  the	
  fence	
  we	
  have	
  a	
  
                       performance	
  art	
  piece	
  –	
  terrorists	
  throwing	
  water	
  balloons	
  over	
  
                       the	
  fence	
  or	
  trying	
  to	
  sneak	
  in.	
  	
  
                 c. ART	
  COMMENTARY:	
  Build	
  the	
  fence	
  around	
  the	
  perimeter	
  of	
  the	
  
                       space	
  and	
  people	
  have	
  to	
  try	
  and	
  sneak	
  in	
  to	
  see/buy	
  art.	
  Prices	
  go	
  
                       down	
  as	
  more	
  of	
  the	
  fence	
  is	
  built	
  but	
  it	
  is	
  harder	
  to	
  get	
  in.	
  	
  
                 d. COMPETITION:	
  Two	
  potential	
  prizes:	
  most	
  beautiful	
  and	
  best	
  
                       concept.	
  The	
  artist	
  who	
  makes	
  the	
  most	
  beautiful	
  wins	
  a	
  trip	
  to	
  
                       Israel	
  to	
  paint	
  a	
  portion	
  of	
  the	
  Security	
  Fence.	
  The	
  artist	
  who	
  has	
  
                       the	
  best	
  concept	
  is	
  flown	
  to	
  Israel	
  to	
  work	
  with	
  members	
  of	
  the	
  
                       government	
  and	
  related	
  group	
  (ie	
  	
  -­‐	
  if	
  it	
  is	
  sustainable	
  –	
  we	
  
                       connect	
  them	
  with	
  an	
  environmental	
  group).	
  
                 e. POTENTIAL	
  SPONSORS:	
  Supply	
  companies	
  (Home	
  Depot	
  is	
  owned	
  
                       by	
  an	
  Israel	
  supporter	
  but	
  he	
  has	
  been	
  very	
  used	
  by	
  other	
  groups	
  
                       already	
  –	
  he	
  might	
  be	
  into	
  an	
  in-­‐kind	
  donation	
  however),	
  paint	
  
                       companies	
  (I	
  can	
  get	
  this	
  covered),	
  Israeli	
  government,	
  
                       Federations,	
  Israeli	
  environmental	
  groups,	
  JNF.	
  
                 f. COSTS:	
  Materials,	
  pallets,	
  flights/airfare	
  
           B. Bomb	
  Shelters:	
  Working	
  title:	
  Destructing	
  Destruction:	
  Pallets	
  are	
  
              previously	
  erected	
  as	
  if	
  bomb	
  shelters	
  and	
  artists	
  are	
  tasked	
  with	
  
              dismantling	
  them	
  and	
  reconfiguring	
  them	
  as	
  something	
  positive.	
  	
  
                 a. CONCEPT:	
  	
  Bomb	
  shelters	
  are	
  a	
  necessary	
  but	
  unfortunate	
  reality	
  
                       in	
  Israel.	
  What	
  if	
  we	
  could	
  stop	
  the	
  need	
  for	
  them?	
  What	
  then?	
  
                       Imagine	
  the	
  many	
  uses	
  of	
  supplies,	
  materials,	
  space	
  and	
  creative	
  
                       energy	
  that	
  could	
  better	
  society	
  if	
  only	
  they	
  weren’t	
  being	
  put	
  to	
  
                       use	
  as	
  shelters.	
  	
  
                  b. THEATRICAL	
  COMPONENT:	
  We	
  find	
  massive	
  speakers	
  and	
  play	
  
                      the	
  Red	
  Alert	
  (Tzeva	
  Adom	
  in	
  Hebrew)	
  siren	
  outdoors	
  getting	
  
                      people’s	
  attention.	
  Once	
  the	
  alarm	
  sounds,	
  artists	
  have	
  15	
  seconds	
  
                      to	
  run	
  and	
  hide	
  in	
  the	
  shelters	
  during	
  the	
  first	
  two	
  days.	
  	
  
                  c. ART	
  COMMENTARY:	
  Art	
  is	
  stored	
  in	
  each	
  shelter.	
  Not	
  only	
  is	
  the	
  
                      destruction	
  of	
  the	
  shelter	
  unveiling	
  beauty	
  but	
  before	
  the	
  event,	
  
                      people	
  may	
  bid	
  on	
  the	
  work	
  in	
  the	
  shelter.	
  A	
  few	
  pieces	
  will	
  be	
  
                      expensive.	
  A	
  few	
  not.	
  It	
  is	
  a	
  commentary	
  on	
  the	
  hit	
  or	
  miss	
  nature	
  
                      of	
  art	
  collecting.	
  
                  d. COMPETITION:	
  Two	
  prizes:	
  Best	
  concept,	
  best	
  artwork.	
  Best	
  
                      concept	
  will	
  visit	
  Operation	
  Lifeshield	
  in	
  Israel	
  (I	
  am	
  friends	
  with	
  
                      its	
  CEO)	
  and/or	
  JNF	
  and	
  sketch	
  out	
  his	
  ideas.	
  Best	
  artwork	
  will	
  go	
  
                      to	
  Ashkelon,	
  Ashdod	
  or	
  Sderot	
  to	
  paint	
  shelters.	
  
                  e. POTENTIAL	
  SPONSORS:	
  	
  Undetermined	
  (most	
  orgs	
  would	
  rather	
  
                      spend	
  the	
  money	
  actually	
  building	
  shelters)	
  
                  f. COSTS:	
  Same	
  as	
  idea	
  A.	
  
        C. Other	
  forms	
  of	
  shelters,	
  working	
  title:	
  Shelter	
  Me	
  -­‐	
  None	
  Too	
  Few:	
  
           Unfortunately,	
  many	
  Israelis	
  need	
  shelter	
  from	
  all	
  kinds	
  of	
  issue	
  other	
  
           than	
  terrorist	
  attacks.	
  Examples:	
  Women	
  are	
  being	
  attacked	
  by	
  Arab	
  
           carjackers;	
  Because	
  of	
  settlement	
  freezes,	
  housing	
  is	
  scarce	
  and	
  people	
  
           are	
  without	
  decent	
  living	
  conditions,	
  Media	
  and	
  popculture	
  are	
  
           demoralizing	
  the	
  youth	
  as	
  they	
  are	
  constantly	
  bombarded	
  by	
  messages	
  
           that	
  Israelis	
  are	
  bad,	
  etc	
  (this	
  is	
  particularly	
  close	
  to	
  the	
  heart	
  of	
  A4I).	
  
           Artists	
  will	
  make	
  conceptual	
  shelters	
  to	
  protect	
  from	
  the	
  above	
  concerns,	
  
           be	
  they	
  esoteric	
  or	
  physical.	
  
                  a. CONCEPT:	
  See	
  above.	
  
                  b. THEATRICAL	
  COMPONENT:	
  Currently	
  undetermined	
  
                  c. ART	
  COMMENTARY:	
  Currently	
  undetermined	
  
                  d. COMPETITION:	
  Currently	
  undetermined	
  
                  e. POTENTIAL	
  SPONSORS:	
  Depends	
  on	
  which	
  problems	
  we	
  choose	
  to	
  
                      address	
  
                  f. COSTS:	
  Same	
  as	
  idea	
  A.	
  
                      	
  
     2. Skate	
  Park	
  

An	
  engineer	
  builds	
  a	
  temporary	
  skate	
  park	
  that	
  will	
  serve	
  as	
  a	
  party	
  destination	
  for	
  
Miami’s	
  young.	
  	
  

     A. Advantages:	
  DUH!	
  
     B. Israel	
  Tie-­‐In:	
  	
  
            a. General	
  Hasbarah,	
  working	
  title:	
  Just	
  Like	
  You,	
  Them	
  (Spreading	
  pro-­‐
                   Israel	
  messaging	
  through	
  one	
  on	
  one	
  interactions).	
  Israel	
  has	
  a	
  large	
  
                   skate	
  community	
  that	
  is	
  also	
  tied	
  in	
  with	
  multiple	
  forms	
  of	
  art:	
  music	
  
                   and	
  graffiti	
  in	
  particular.	
  Bring	
  in	
  Israeli	
  skaters	
  and	
  artists	
  to	
  do	
  their	
  
                   thing	
  while	
  showing	
  people	
  that	
  Israel	
  is	
  a	
  place	
  similar	
  to	
  our	
  own	
  
                   country	
  with	
  a	
  youth	
  culture	
  just	
  like	
  ours.	
  **NOTE:	
  I	
  know	
  this	
  
                 sounds	
  too	
  simplistic	
  but	
  it	
  is	
  one	
  of	
  the	
  prevailing	
  trends	
  of	
  
                 traditional	
  Israel	
  advocacy	
  –	
  one	
  on	
  one,	
  peer	
  to	
  peer,	
  learning.	
  
             b. Showing	
  that	
  Israeli	
  negative	
  PR	
  is	
  false,	
  working	
  title:	
  Let	
  Them	
  Eat	
  
                 Skate.	
  Israel	
  is	
  like	
  the	
  skate	
  and	
  graffiti	
  culture.	
  It	
  is,	
  at	
  best,	
  
                 misunderstood.	
  At	
  worst,	
  it	
  is	
  maligned.	
  For	
  so	
  long,	
  communities	
  
                 have	
  tried	
  to	
  ban	
  (BOYCOTT,	
  DIVEST,	
  SANCTION)	
  skate	
  and	
  graffiti.	
  
                 Yet,	
  both	
  cultures	
  have	
  grown.	
  People	
  realized	
  that	
  this	
  is	
  not	
  
                 vandalism	
  nor	
  kids	
  running	
  around	
  doing	
  damage	
  but,	
  instead,	
  it	
  is	
  a	
  
                 tight-­‐knit	
  community	
  with	
  strong	
  values	
  that	
  are	
  legit	
  sport	
  players	
  
                 and	
  artists.	
  	
  
             c. Settlement	
  based	
  specific	
  target	
  on	
  anti-­‐boycott,	
  working	
  title:	
  Beyond	
  
                 Borders.	
  Potentially	
  combined	
  with	
  above	
  with	
  added	
  information	
  
                 that	
  graffiti	
  and	
  skate	
  are	
  about	
  destroying	
  borders	
  and	
  restrictions.	
  
                 Attempts	
  to	
  boycott	
  Israel	
  are	
  attempts	
  to	
  stifle	
  creativity.	
  
       C. Potential	
  Sponsors:	
  Every	
  skate	
  company	
  and	
  every	
  paint	
  company.	
  	
  
	
  
	
  

				
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