What is the most unusual request you’ve had?
The most unusual request I’ve had was to have a public art or graffiti work at a bachelorette party. I told the girl when we opened the tour that I used to work as a nude model for art classes.
What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the Cultural Entrepreneurship business?
My advice would be to learn pretty well the field he or she is working on – which galleries are in your surroundings, who are the good artists working around, and to be as interesting as possible as an artist, depending on what the subject and the issues are about. You need to have the best techniques no matter what you are doing, whether it is media, new media, sculpture, or painting. Also, transitioning good ideas into real objects that viewers can watch.You can build anything from scratch; as shown in the clip, Caine, a nine-year-old boy, builds an arcade in his dad’s used auto parts store with recycled cardboard. All he needs now is customers that will play and even win prizes.
Two things: communities, people starting to understand if they will get together, and the artist, and if the idea of the community will work for them instead of working individually; commercial entities sometimes work and sometimes don’t because they can cause too much pressure in the system. Every artist wants to have a good commercial gallery, but there is a limited number of artists that the gallery can present. An example is what happened in Kiryat Hamelacha neighborhood in Tel Aviv. The neighborhood understood how they could create a community of art in a specific area in order to create an ecosystem and collaboration.
What is the most memorable moment from your career?
My experience as an artist and as a viewer or participant. The first Burn that I joined at Burning Man in 2002, where you understand how much power there is with about 25,000 people at the time and the impact it can have. Now Burning Man has around 65,000 people!
If you could only bring three things to a desert island, what would they be?
A pen, a pencil, and a copy machine, so that I can write down all of my ideas and copy them. Whoever finds me in whatever condition will have many copies of my thoughts.
How would you describe yourself in 80 characters?
I’m a cultural project manager and I create different cultural projects.
Quick Fire Questions
Andy Warhol or Leonardo Da Vinci?
Leonardo Da Vinci. I respect both, but this year the theme of Burning Man is Leonardo Da Vinci, so I’ll go with that.
Los Angeles or Hong Kong?
Nutella or Dolce de Leche?
Nutella, of course!
Angelina Jolie or Bar Refaeli?
I’ll go with international, so Angelina Jolie.
William Shakespeare or J. K. Rowling?
Polaroid or Digital?
That’s a tough one, but I’ll go with Polaroid.
Interview conducted by Salomé Chemla
Salomé is a second-year Communications student at IDC, majoring in marketing. She is passionate about food, music, and art. Apart from that, Salomé enjoys running, exploring, and traveling the world, which is why she loves to share her view of Tel Aviv with others.