Conference program

Crafting the Future

Dialogues between Past and Present Perfect


International Conference of the First Tel Aviv Biennale of Crafts & Design

MUZA - Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv

April 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th, 2021


The Conference lectures will be held in English or in Hebrew with simultaneous translation






 Skyline, 2020, Avner Sher

Outdoor installation overlooking Tel Aviv's high towers, Photo: Hadar Saifan



DAY 1:  Craft and Design in the 21st century

Tuesday, April 27th 2021 (17:30-20:00 Tel Aviv time I 10:30-13:00 NY time)




Welcome and official opening (Hebrew, translation available)

Ami Katz, Director General, MUZA

Dr. Debby Hershman, Deputy Director and Chief Curator-at-large, and Founder of the Biennale, MUZA


Premiere screening of the Biennale's exposure film with captivating views of this mega-exhibition and meetings with its creators, directed by Ran Slavin, produced with the support of the Cultural Diplomacy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.



Dr. Glenn Adamson: "The Future of Craft" (English, translation available)

Guest Lecturer and Advisor to the Conference


Dr. Glenn Adamson is a curator, writer and historian based in New York who works at the intersection of craft, design history and contemporary art. He has previously been Director of the Museum of Arts and Design; Head of Research at the V&A; and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee.



"Curating Craft: New Challenges and Opportunities" (English, translation available)

Dr. Glenn Adamson in conversation with Henrietta Eliezer Brunner, Curator of Glass Pavilion, Curator of Crafts at MUZA and Chief co-curator of the Biennale, and Karen Patterson, Curator of The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia; previously Senior Curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC), Wisconsin.



Screening of video works and performances presented in the Biennale: Untitled, Murjan Abu Deba; Khnum, Khnum Group; Lasha, Tal Dayan and Rachel Menashe Dor; Recitative, Shir Handelsman; Raw Material, Sharon Murro.




:Meeting the artists of the Biennale

Yael Atzmony, Maya Arazi, Eitan Bartal, Shlomit Bauman, Shelly Freiman, Andrey Grishko, Dafna Kaffeman, Yuvi Kahana, Sarit Shani Hay, Avivit Segal, Boris Shpeizman


 Livestream of the Conference Lectures Online at the Alexander Center


Performance and Movement


 Fitting room, choreography: Inbal Oshman; Dancers: Oryan Yohanan, Ran Ben Dror; Tailor: Amnon Lipkin. Supported by the Israeli Lotteri Foundation, Alexander center


Biennale Lab: Opening event of "Variations in Fabrics and Motion," Media Innovation Lab (IDC milab), School of Communications, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. The event will include a special display of robots outdoors and a performance at the Biennale Lab.


DAY 2: Design and Society

Wednesday April 28th (11:30-15:00 Tel Aviv time I 4:30-8:00 NY time)




Joseph Grima: "Non-Extractive Design" (English, translation available)

Guest Lecturer


Joseph Grima is an architect, curator, critic, and editor based in Milan. Director of the Museum of Italian Design and Creative director of Design Academy Eindhoven. Co-founder of Space Caviar - an architecture and design studio that focuses on the impact of media and technology on urban environments and their social, economic and political implications



Lab 1: Material Flow Collective: "Organism 144" (Hebrew, translation available)


Members and creators: Rakefet Kenaan, Maya Arazi, Ayelet Karmon, Ofir Liberman, Ariel Lifschitz, David Spectre, Yuval Etzioni, Orit Freilich, Michal Fraifeld, Tal Kamil, Assaf Krebs, Eyal Schoenbaum



Lab 2: Media Innovation Lab (IDC milab), School of Communications, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya,

"Variations in Fabrics and Motion" (English, translation available)


Creator and Artistic Director, Iddo Wald, supported by Andrey Grishko and the mentorship of Dr. Oren Zuckerman; Choreography and Motion Design, Ari Teperberg


13:30- 14:00

Lab 3: The David & Barbara Blumenthal Israel Center for Innovation and Research in Textiles (CIRTex), Shenkar- College of Engineering, Design and Art, "Frayed Edges" (Hebrew, translation available)


Curators: Arch. Ayelet Carmon and Prof. Yael Moria (Photo: Tomer Appelbaum)



Screening of the TECH-COUTURE fashion event, Department of Fashion Design, Shenkar;

Curator: Idit Barak; Moderator: curator and fashion historian Ya'ara Kedar; and Ilan Beja, Head of the Department of Fashion Design.




Guided tours in the Biennale


 Livestream of the Conference Lectures Online at the Alexander Center


DAY 3: Design at the intersection of Science and Technology

Thursday, April 29th (17:30-20:00 Tel Aviv time I 10:30-13:00 NY time)




Paola Antonelli: "Material Ecology: Designs for a Better Future" (English, translation available)

Guest Lecturer


Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator of Architecture & Design and founding Director of Research & Development at MoMA. She has curated shows, written books, lectured worldwide, and taught in several schools, including Harvard and UCLA. Her work investigates design in all its forms, from architecture to video games, often expanding its reach to include overlooked objects and practices aiming to promote design's understanding, until its positive influence on the world is universally acknowledged.



Prof. Tamar Elor in conversation with Arch. Barak Pelman:

"Craft and Technology, oppositions or extensions?" (Hebrew, translation available)


The system of connections between the physical body, the tools and the objects of action will be explored as an environment based upon and generating networks of complex relationships. Test case: The Bamboo Pavilion project, Bezalel

Prof. Tamar Elor is member of the scientific and exhibition committee of MUZA. She is the Sarah Ellen Shaine chair in Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Arch. Barak Pelman is a lecturer in architecture and a PhD. student at the Hebrew University. He is a member of Bezalel Art and Design Teaching Center and Head of Advanced Studies at Bezalel Architecture Department. In addition, he runs the DesignBuild Summer Studio, which focuses on the process of building full-scale prototype structures and experimenting with materials as the driving force of architectural design. (The Floating Bamboo Pavilion, photo courtesy of Yifat Zailer and Barak Pelman)



Lab 4: The Graduate Program in Industrial Design, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, "The Observation Tower and the Case of Selective Breeding" (Hebrew, translation available)


Curators: Tomer Sapir and Maya Ben David; Designer: Tomer Sapir; Romi Mikulinsky, Head of the Master of Design (MDes) program in Industrial Design, Bezalel (Photo: Tal Nisim)




Meeting the artists of the Biennale:
Ronit Baranga, Ronen Bavly (Magenta Studio), Esther Cohen, Dov Ganchrow, Pesi Girch, Vered Kaminski, Shahar Kornblit, Eran Lederman, Meira Una, Noam Zonshine.


 Livestream of the Conference at the Alexander Center


 Gallery talks with the curators of the Biennale


 Café Tav by eco-architects Tav group


Day 4: Craft and Design in museum contexts in the 21st century

Friday, April 30th (10:00-14:00 Tel Aviv time I 3:00-7:00 am NY time)

Celebrating the International Museum Day in Israel



Jean-Luc Olivié in conversation with Henrietta Eliezer Brunner:

"Experimenting with new exhibition strategies at the Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris" (English, translation available)

Guest Lecturer


Jean-Luc Olivié is Chief curator of the Glass Collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris (MAD) since 1982, editor of important publications on glass art, lecturer at the École du Louvre, and member of the scientific committee of the Stanze del Vetro in Venice.



"Creating the Tel Aviv Biennale of Crafts & Design - Behind the Scenes" (Hebrew, translation available)

Discussion with the Biennale's creators (Hebrew, translation available)


e-gloo, 2020, Magenta Studio: Ronen Bavly, Photo: Hadar Saifan 


Dr. Debby Hershman, Deputy Director and Chief Curator-at-large, and Founder of the Biennale, MUZA, The Road to the Biennale

Discussion moderator: Henrietta Eliezer Brunner, Chief co-curator of the Biennale;

Nir Harmat, Merav Rahat, Liora Rosin: Associate Curators; Prof. Chanan de Lange, Designer of the Biennale



Saz hosting Sun Tailor (Hip-Hop in Hebrew, Arabic and English)

Screening of musical project of Indi music specially produced for the Biennale in collaboration with Tslilim - Association of Israeli Musicians and the Division of Culture and the Arts, Municipality of Tel Aviv.

Saz is the stage name of Sameh Zakout, one of the leading artists in the local hip-hop scene who performs at festivals all over the world. In the show, he hosts singer Sun Tailor with whom he released a joint single "Wake Up Now"




 Livestream of the Conference at the Alexander Center


Reception for the diplomatic corps with the support of the Cultural Diplomacy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. By invitation only


 Guided tours in the Biennale

Performance and Clay open in the public


Lasha, pottery making and human movement, Tal Dayan and Rachel Menashe Drori, Man and His Work Center


Khnum, The Khnum group: Noa Almagor Ben Dor, Hilla Dror, Ronen Yamin, Amnon Amos; guest artist: Doron Naama Gelfer. Olive Oil Plant