“The secret is not in what you do to yourself but rather in what you don’t do.”
Carlos Castaneda

Journey to Ixtlan



I suppose it’s about time I made a formal introduction of SweetClarity here at StillCreation. The best way for me to describe SweetClarity is through it’s manifest which you can read here. SweetClarity was born during the summer of 2007 shortly after Shahar & I completed our second collaboration and my first exhibition. The best way to understand SweetClarity is to experience it. So I will take this opportunity to share a new SweetClarity publication.

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Artness Garden Performance


A few weeks ago Shahar initiated a performance in his garden where he installed a 60sqm wooden stage. The performance was of course completely improvised. We also setup a screen and projection for live-stills that were an ongoing part of the performance.

The first piece was a contact duet with Or and Miki who are both impressive physical dancers. It was a great opening as they began their warm-up on stage while Shahar addressed the intimate audiences that showed up. Their piece ended as they rolled off the stage to merge with the audience and clear the stage for Shlomit.

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The second piece was by Shlomit who had contacted Shahar and asked to perform just a few days before the performance. We met her for the first time a few hours before the performance. I was really moved by her performance and I hope I get to work with her again in the future.

The third peace was with Shahar. It was intended to be a duet with a musician who couldn’t make it. Instead Shahar asked Shantam, a friend in the audience (who is also a musician), to recite some poetry written by a friend who came along with Shlomit. It was a funny meeting that results in curious & refreshing energies.

Then the stage became an open-space for all to play, including some people from the audience who were familiar with the creative dynamics.

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A less-unhealthy Spanish Tortilla


A few months ago when I was in Barcelona for two weeks – I had a pretty hard time with food (I don’t eat meat, fish or fried food!). The one thing that saved me was “batatas bravas” which is their local french-fries and tortillas. My digestion was still a mess because of the heavy use of oil, but at least I had something to eat. A few months later, Helena taught me to make a tortilla while she was here in Israel. I got very clear instructions, the do’s and the dont’s – but I was still having a hard time with the quantity of oil that went into the dish.

It’s a really nice dish to eat – quite fulfilling and high on energy – so I have modified the recipe, broke a few rules and came up with this version of a tortilla which is more suitable for me. So here we go : ) The quantities below are not exact (I improvise when I cook) – but they result in a reasonably sized tortilla with for 4.  It’s a simple dish but it does take some time – it takes me about 45 minutes! Read More »

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A Shakuhachi is a japanese bamboo flute. I first heard a recording of it (Sanctuary: Music from a Zen Garden) some years ago and I was really taken by it. I recently acquired a Shakuhachi and with it came much more. Read More »

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I can honestly say that I don’t know where this post is going – but I have a lot of thoughts in my head, I feel the connection and I hope to make it concrete through writing. What triggered this was a brochure I saw this morning of a person I consider to be an alternative medicine professional. This person has opted to create a brand (and I assume service) of “Well being coaching”. I was really disappointed to see this.

Something is happening!

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Two days ago there was an intimate performance in Shahar’s garden where there is a 60 square-meeter stage. One of the solo performance was by Shlomit. Shahar told me she called a day or two before the performance and asked if she could take a part in the performance and Shahar welcomed her.

This was the first time I saw Shlomit perform (or at all for that matter) – it was a moving performance and I felt drawn to abstract images that were formed by the high contrast of her moving body and exposed skin within the black costume and settings.

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The performance was an important one for me. It came after long months of hard work with less open and blessed interactions. The camera wireless setup broke down before the performance – and it took some time to get fixed – during this time I was thinking of staying out of the performance. I felt lost and disassociated in my creative work. This was a cherished reminder that (1) it is not really in my hands (2) it takes talented people and (3) space and patience to let moments of improvisation appear and crystallize. I got some great supportive feedback after the performance … I needed it.

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These images were taken during a walk I took in fields near our house. In a way it was a new beginning because I had not wandered out with the camera in hand for a long time – I still don’t. I usually feel lost in the world with the camera in hand. This time I went out to challenge that concept.

This occured  shortly after an intense three month project with Shahar ended. I was carrying with me a question, which comes up often, about my relationship to the people and work I encounter when in Shahar’s bubble (which is where I have spent most of the last two years). My first impression is that I am some kind of a parasite. What can I do with the camera without other performers doing their work? What images would exist for me?

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With this in mind I went for a walk. These images are technically extreme, they were taken in low-light conditions, in which I pushed the camera into extreme settings and then (shortly after I arrived home) used a heavy hand in post processing. I felt I was fighting something.

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Beautiful Flowers


This occurrence is a reminder to me of the amazing potential of improvised work. This session took place during preparations for the final performance of Shahar’s Tune-Barcelona workshop.

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I was busy preparing all kinds of technical things for the performance when Sophie came up to me and asked if I can join her, Africa and Judit in the bathroom (you get used to these kind of question when working in improvised settings). They wanted to incoporate a projection of images into a piece during the performance. When I completed some of the other tasks I was doing, I took the camera and headed in their direction.  These images were born during a magical 10 or 15 minute session. I then went to the computer, downloaded the pictures from the memory card and within 20 minutes more completed to select the 32 images that were presented during the performance. This was the first time that I completed a work, including digital post-processing in the performance space and within the bubble of the actual piece.

Beautiful Flowers Installation

I am creating an installation through which these images can be experienced. The installation will be a space in which people can travel a linear course that takes them through the story portrayed in the printed images. The installation is divided into zones – a zone includes one or more printed images. The zones are used to establish an interactive system of light and sound. Interaction is achieved through proximity sensors that can detect the presence of people. When people enter a zone the lights in that zone are activated to reveal the images (the rest of the space is as dark as possible).

The core idea for sound in the installation is that there is a complete audio piece playing the background. It is made up of tracks. One track is a constant base-ambient track that is always playing in the space. The tracks are also associated with Zones. In effect when a zone is activated the track that is associated with the zone is also activated (volume turned up?). The result is that the sound that is heard throughout the entire space is shaped by the presence of people in the space.

The physical setting of the installation has yet to be determined – the wish is to relate to qualities of the work while provising a solution that can be constructed and transported with ease so that the installation can travel to numerous locations around the world.

I am seeking people who can help realize this work: a sound artist, a lighting and multimedia programming artist, funding and a location that will host and produce the first installation.

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WordPress Karma


This post has been on my mind for quite some time. What finally pushed it out is the unofficial international wordpress day (although I missed it by a day or two).

Karma is one of those tricky sanskrit words that relentessly changes its meaning in accomodating different contexts in which I try to apply it. In this case I am thinking of Karma as  a ripple mechanism in which things we do affect the world around us. Sometimes the affects are quick and apparent, other times they are subtle and take a long time to appear. Every time I think about WordPress this image applies in many ways and resolutions. Read More »

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Dynamic Quality


Many ideas for posts that are running through my head rely on concepts of Quality I have adopted from Robert Pirsig’s books “Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” & “Lila”. So I have finally to decided to attempt at writing something about them – so those other posts may finally find their way onto light photons. Read More »

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Glimpses 04 – April 2008


“sweet” came to an abrupt end – i think this was the first time i learned from shahar about clear decisions. though the work was very promising, the energy was not cohesive in the group and so this magical beginning came to an end. a few months later i was with shahar again – this time in the studio – partaking in shahar’s year long training program called “hunch”. again i had no idea what was going to happen, the invitation to join was very clear yet neither of us knew where it would go. Read More »

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Artistic Direction


At SweetClarity, Shahar is the Artistic Director. Ever since we formally recognized this I have been thinking on what a wonderful thing it is for a company to have Artistic Direction, and though I have a clear sensation of what this is, I found it hard to explain (to myself and therefor to others). One recurring quality of art for me is the difference between thinking or talking about it and actually doing it. Whenever I think about my art work I get drained and bored, whenever I engage in art work I am inspired and passionate. So I will use this quality to shed some light on Artistic Direction and how it touched me today! Read More »

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Atha Yoga!



Whenever I make attempt at writing “Yoga is…”, I get stuck. The temptation to approach this question originates in my need to share Yoga with others. The most popular question I get about Yoga is “what kind of Yoga do you teach?”. The more experience I have facing this question – the better practiced I become at avoiding a direct answer. Yet, if the number of students I have taught is any indication of my quality as a yoga teacher – then it is safe to say that I have failed . I have pondered this very much  – which usually leads back to the question “What is Yoga?”. Read More »

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Tune – Barcelona


During March 12 – 26 Shahar and I will be in Barcelona – during the first Artness Tune project. I am very excited about this.

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light layers


In our recent visit to Berlin we used to projections within the same performance space. This rendered a new quality of stage landscape and a special lighting quality that feeds on the space itself.


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The Manifest


Finally it’s time. Time to share the idea behind SweetClarity. Why now? Because now it became relevant – I feel a need to do this and after talking over with Shahar, I’ve decided to let the world know about SweetClarity. Read More »

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The Blog Performance


Usually when I have empty time and space thoughts & ideas appear. Ironically this usually happens when I am away from a computer (and I spend more time then I like to admit at the computer). Recently acquired and applied wisdom has equipped me with a notebook and pen which are a convenient substitute. Read More »

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Glimpses 03 – February 2008


i forgot to mention that the previous glimpses image was part of a process/project that was in retrospect named ‘sweet’. the current image is also from ‘sweet’ –  it was taken during the last session. this time we (shahar, tal and myself) were in a dark studio. tal had brought along a single mobile stage-light. the dark studio and the single light introduced a new dimension to our work – and were a first for me. in addition, if i recall correctly, this was my first time working in costume. Read More »

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Upcoming Performance: RARO


“RARO” a multi-disciplinary art improvisation performance
Those who are either in or visiting Israel are invited to an upcoming performance in which I (as the photographer) and Shahar will take part along with participants of the Artness “Orhcard Labs” project.

The performance will take place on January 30, 2008 – at “Yoga Place” at Kibutz Ein Shemer.

Entrance is free please come : )


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She’s Back


Heather Nova started off her career with boiling raw energy. Then her music softened and rounded out. It seems that during her recent 2008 European tour that her fire is burning strong again – still not what it used to be – but I really enjoyed hearing the meeting of her amazing voice and screeching guitars (watch out for the 02:52 mark). I would have loved to see this concert! Enjoy : )

Check out Heather Nove Live 2008 search on youtube for more.

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