Jerusalem Stone Ordinance: A Score of Silent Gestures
Graphic Score, 2022 The score 'Jerusalem Stone Ordinance: A Score of Silent Gestures' refers to the bylaw that dictates the exclusive use of the local 'Jerusalem stone' as a building and cladding material in Jerusalem. The regulation was initially conceived and enforced during the British Mandate in Palestine (1928-1948) by the British military governor of Jerusalem and expanded by Israel to the areas annexed to the city after the 1967 war. The score was created for a project initiated and curated by Dr Liora Belford titled 'Jerusalem: The Politics of Acoustic Spaces and Listening Territories'. The project investigates Jerusalem's acoustics (physical and metaphorical) that allow certain sounds to be heard in certain places in the city, the norms that govern them, the political forces that shape them and their impacts. The project presents sonic acts performed by 16 Israeli and Palestinian artists on the soundscape of the region, aiming to induce a new self-awareness and consciousness of the space occupied and shared.
Jerusalem street view
A set of 48 consecutive snapshots taken from the intercity light train demonstrates the predominance of stone cladding in Jerusalem and the impact of the stone bylaw on the cityscape.