Fragile Structures of Knowledge: Art Based Research on Contemporary Sukkot

In-depth study of an ongoing project started in 2014 on contemporary sukkot [plural of sukkah, temporary Jewish dwelling constructing during the holidays of Sukkot]. The project analyzes, further develop, archive, and delineate aspects of contemporary sukkot, Jewish and local ethnography and performance practices through an art-research project done in collaboration with Lea Mauas (Sala-manca Group) and other artists.Eternal Sukkah

Fragile Structures of Knowledge attempts to understand sukkot as containers of a temporary critical and symbolic architecture, social and symbolic statements, fragile knowledge and ideas of hybrid and fluid localities. This analysis also seeks to understand these sukkot in their processes of construction, deconstruction, contextualization and recontextualization as created, produced and negotiated by the artists and curators through performance, exhibitions, talks, screenings and publications.

The  project involve installations, videos, writing and constructions of new pieces as well as an online, active archive of the project, open to the general public.


Related Publications

Diego Rotman. 2017. “On the Architecture of the Ephemeral: The Eternal Sukkah of the Jahalin tribe.” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies. 

Diego Rotman. 2017. “The Museum and the Desert: On "The Eternal Sukkah" and the Bawadi Eco-Tourism Initiative. [Hebrew].” In The Ethnographic Department of the Museum of the Contemporary, edited by Lea Mauas and Diego Rotman. Jerusalem: The Underground Academy Press.

Diego Rotman (Sala-manca) and Lea Mauas (Sala-manca). 2017. “The Eternal Sukkah Project.” Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften, 1. 

Related Exhibitions and Events

2022 | Dismantling (traielr), Based on the footage from the installation process of the Deller Sukkah (1840-2017) at the Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art, December 2021. 

2021-2 | The Deller Sukah (1840-2017) (installation) and "A Geography of Crack" (video) at the Ramat Gan Museum for Israeli Art, curated by Svetlana Reingold.

2021 | "A Geography of Crack" (video) and "The Eternal Sukkah" (video) at a group exhibition "Aus ins Kaff" at Syker Vorwerk - Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, curated by  Elianna Renner and Nicole Giese.

2021 | Permanent Residency (solo show with collaborations), Hansen House, Jerusalem

2019 | Under Construction, curated by Neta Haber and Ayelet Hertzwolf, Beit Hankin, Israel

2018 | The Imaginary Republic, curated by Brandon Labelle, Kunshall 314, Bergen, Norway

2017 | Absentees Landscapes (solo show), curated by Rubby Cougler, The Hive, San Diego, USA

2017 | Absentee Landscapes (solo show with collaborations), curated by Sala-manca, Mamuta Art and Research Center, Hansen House, Jerusalem

2016 | We the People!, curated by Rita Kersting, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel.

2014 | Eternal Sukkah Project (solo show in collaboration with Itamar Mendes-Flohr and Yeshayahu Rabinowitz), Hansen House Jerusalem, curated by Sala-manca