How to build a home ?
Beith, study for habitat. 

The project BEITH consists of building four different houses, whose shape are inspired by sizes, forms and materials used in construction by past civilizations. Each house will be placed in a different archaeological site. The artist will experiment living in each one of the fragile houses he has built and will realize a series of performative films.

Lightness - transport - shift / emplacement - scales

The Hebrew letter Beith ב is derived from the Egyptian hieroglyph that signifies a house. The project BEITH questions the notion of “house” in both a physical and symbolic dimension. In today’s world, the meaning of house has become fluid. Where and how do we build a house today? What shape and size should it be and what materials should it be constructed from? Is it possible to return to nature with all the facilities that technology offers today? Can BEITH provide an alternative to the modern habitat and propose a means of dealing with pressing environmental issues?



BEITH / Chapter 0, Jerusalem & Dead sea
Film 6’, black&white 16/9


From Jerusalem to the sinkholes of the Dead Sea. The earth, a man at work, covered in mud. The birth of a new being. This first chapter began during a residency at the Saint Catherine Monastery in Jerusalem. In exchange for work in the monastery's park, I received accommodation and meals. This film, which initiates the series, immerses us in the myth of the golem, memories of forced labor, the cultivation of the land by the early pioneers, and theories of the primordial man.



A portable house, dismantled, a skeleton.
The fall, abandonment, then the ascent, until the exit.

BEITH / Chapter 1, Dead Sea
Film 4’, color 16/9




A cave shaped by the Hasmoneans, a fly man, a copper disk, a mask with silver leaf.
The extraction of an ancient character.

BEITH / Chapter 2, Klil
Film Not edited, color 16/9


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