The Israeli Center for Digital Art is a dynamic platform for thinking, researching, producing, presenting, and analyzing contemporary art, as well as providing a meeting point for exchange between contemporary artists, curators, critics and the public. Since it was established in 2001 in an abandoned school building in the industrial area of Holon, the center has grown quite rapidly from a one-room gallery six years ago.
The center is a non-profit organization supported by the city of Holon. As a public art space it consistently questions the place of art institutions within their society. This brings to the front political and social issues we believe art should not be ignoring. By expressing views that do not correlate in many cases with policies of the state, the definition of an art institute and a publicly financed art space are examined and put into test. In an effort to stimulate discourse in Israeli society, the center devotes a significant part of its work on art projects that foster questions about identity, ethnicity, nationalism and cultural exchange.
This activity is led by the overarching question of how an art institute can reflect and react to volatile conditions of culture and politics and produce a critical approach to the oppressive power of the government. The center initiates partnerships and collaborations with contemporary artists, theorists, writers, curators, and other institutions in the Middle East and the Balkan region, to explore how creative communities from different peripheries of the world can connect, learn from one another, and break down nationalistic or regional barriers.
The activities of the center are concentrated in five main areas: the video archive, public presentations, the residency program, publications, and education. The video archive focuses on media art from the Middle East, Europe, and the Balkans, creates an area for research and functions as a space for gathering valuable data and resources for contemporary art curators, writers and theorists. Various public presentations in the form of exhibitions, lectures, symposiums, sound events and workshops are organized, for which the center attracts a large number of participants. These take place in the center’s galleries and in other venues. The residency program provides international and local artists, curators, and critics with an opportunity to spend a period of time living and producing work in the city of Holon in order to develop their artistic or theoretical work in relation to our local context. The center publishes the online media, art and culture magazine, Maarav. The magazine presents contemporary Israeli art and culture, to discuss and debate it from the perspective and reality of Israel and the world in these exciting and frightening times.
Our educational program aims at increasing the visibility and involvement of the Israeli Center for Digital Art in the communities of Holon. Through the implementation of artistic tools and methods, programs are geared towards building social responsibility, and youth agency.
The Israeli Center for Digital Art is the home of the Halas internet radio station.
The Israeli Center for Digital Art is committed to a dynamic perception of the contemporary world of art and culture as well as reflecting on the cultural and technological influences of visual art for larger audiences.
An Exhibition At The Center
For those who are involved in the arts, the place provides a center for research, production, distribution, conservation and professional consultation.