At a distant corner of Hansen House resides Gita Schrauber’s teahouse, a small structure that resembles a circus tent. Offering an escape zone, visitors to the teahouse can hear the composition “Blindsight,” which was created by Noam Enbar in collaboration with Jonathan Levy (text), Nir Shauloff (dramaturgy) and the members of the Great Gehenna Choir (founded in collaboration with the Mamuta Art and Research Center).
The creation was presented at 2018’s Mekudeshet Festival during a show at the Jerusalem Forest which was carried out as a ceremony with multiple participants. Blindsight is not only a musical creation, but rather a kind of therapeutic-astral session. The songs in the composition have been defined by Inbar as a “collection of original medical songs” which combine existing and imaginary traditions of ritualistic chanting.
The recording visitors are invited to listen to is an edited version of the show, which recreates the original space via a special speaker system that was constructed especially for Jerusalem Design Week. It is composed of selected takes that were chosen from three different shows, while still retaining the original structure of the composition. The physical space where the show was first played has also been preserved in this recording: listeners can detect soft background noises, dogs barking, cars passing and the footsteps of the members of the orchestra as they walked around throughout the performance.
Composition: Noam Enbar; executed and originally performed by the Great Gehenna Choir
*The track begins a new every hour on the clock
Artistic management of the sound gallery “Teahouse”: Mamuta Sound. Curators: Sala-Manca and Amir Bolzman