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Culture and Politics, Israel 2005 - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
June 13th, 2005
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Culture and Politics, Israel 2005
In the past few years, there seems to be a huge growth of interest and vitality in Israeli high culture. The playhouses and the concert halls are full, literary journals blossom, all kinds of acts and installations attract thousands, and so on.

What do you think is the cause? It doesn't seem to be economical; could it be that the cultured are sick of "the situation" and stubbornly turn their gazes to the arts for relief and distraction?

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From:lukkke
Date:June 13th, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)

ירייה באפלה

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מנגד, התרבות הנמוכה נעשית נמוכה ו-וולגרית יותר. אני מניחה שאנשי "הבינים" מעדיפים לעלות מאשר לרדת.

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From:wildernesscat
Date:June 13th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
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I surely hope you're right. It's high time we normalized.
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From:guygrobler
Date:June 13th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
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it could be everything.
1. when all around you rots - get cultured. take for example the Abbasaid empire (711-1448) that was the "formal" empirial family of the Muslim empire (it replaced the Omaya house, and was brought to an end by the horde's of Genghis Khan that sacked Baghdad... well Genghis's son did). The abbasaid empire was rotting away, and as nations in europe and tribes in mid-asia (Turk's) and the far east (Mongols) were begining to destroy the abbasaid empire, it was actually in those times that the muslim faith exprienced a "massive" cultural spawning.
Im not saying Israel is about to collapse or anything BUT its quite possible that people are finding culture to forget about the rotting. culture as opium for the people.
2. It has a become a sort of Norm for some. people taste it, like it, turn it into a habit/hobby, lets face - Israel does produce some good culture.
3. Internet is making people a lot more aware of everything - every online news journal has got something for culture.
4. the way we percieve ourselves, culture has become a standard for being an intellectual.. and then when you look at the high rate of students (in relation to population) you realize two things: 1. university's are breeding grounds for culture, 2. what the hell are we gonna do with all those graduates?
and i guess we could find even more reasons.
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From:guygrobler
Date:June 13th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)

small correction

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The abbasaid empire was between 749 to 1258.

sorry my mistake, well... its been some 7 years since... my primary mistake was the 1448 one... i had a feeling i might be wrong with 100 give or take.
From:gamahucheur
Date:June 13th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)

Re: small correction

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Ha! Now we can identify your isotope!
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From:atzbacher
Date:June 14th, 2005 05:32 am (UTC)
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The reason, I believe is that high culture itself has become weak, or "low". The number of literary periodicals, for example, shows nothing but the simplicity of Publishing. Full museums (of 40+ NIS per ticket!) stand for nothing but escapism of the rich and wealthy. Look at the gallery shows: Monroe pictures next to Rembrandt sketches. They mix and become one. People treat "high culture" in "low tools". Music, paintings, literature -- I seek for one in all of those, and can't find it - Avant-Guarde.

"They" have managed to remove avant-guarde from the arts, and so - unsurprisingly, mainstreem culture flourishes. The arts have been brought to a certain situation, in which they are able to produce material results. There's your popularity of the arts, which in this specific case indicates nothing but the idiocy of the society in which it exists.
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From:iod
Date:June 14th, 2005 06:54 am (UTC)
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as avante-garde became progressively meaningless - reaching ever higher away from the grasp of the common man, and finding itself eventually in a vacuum, it was only a matter of time before the common man catches up, and avante-garde had nowhere else to go. with some people frowning on any attempt to return to art you can actually make sense of, to skill as a basic demand of an artist, it seems to me that the only refuge that art can take from drying up in the popular sun - going back to the basics - is blocked off.
when "good" art became so inherently indistinguishable from the rantings of a teenager on stage.co.il or any lowly blog, it was already doomed. wading through the enormous piles of shit out there just so you can try and find an elusive pearl - well, it's not really worth your time.

good riddance, says i.
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From:atzbacher
Date:June 14th, 2005 08:25 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure I agree to what you mean by "Meaning" and "Sense". Also, I do not agree that avante-garde has disappeared. It's underground, but it's happening: in music, literature and visual arts. Also I disagree to your time calculations: Finding this pearl on stage is worth of my time.
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