The New Jerusalem seeks to build a conceptual bridge between the city of Jerusalem (acting as a temporal-historical island) and London City Island (the physical location of arebyte gallery). By performing a ‘reversed pilgrimage,’ Doron seeks to critically examine the historical-political-cultural connection between the city of Jerusalem and the city of London.
Doron will be bringing to London with him, as a symbolic and performative act, several forms of travel souvenirs in the form of cultural ‘artifacts.’ For Doron, the spatial relocation from Jerusalem to the London gallery is a mirrored reply to the crusades invasion of the ten and eleventh century. Doron is a traveler who in response to the pilgrimage of Great Britain is performing a personal spiritual journey to the art world of London.
Using photogrammetry, sound, projection mapping and 3D printing, Doron wishes to recreate his alternate version of Jerusalem in the London island. The primary source for some of the relocated artifacts are the hundreds of crosses that are engraved on the walls of the St. Helena Chapel (part of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher). These crosses are believed to be engraved by pilgrims who traveled from Europe to Jerusalem during the crusades. Using photogrammetry and 3D printing of the St. Helena Chapel walls, Doron wishes to replicate objects that are representing the evidence and presence of European crusaders in Jerusalem. By virtually bringing the visual traces of pilgrimage to London, Doron whishes to reverse history.
This explores both the idea of the replica, as well as documentation, truth, and accuracy as opposed to invention. Socio-political issues are raised concerning the ownership of cultural heritage and the role of colonialism in the forming of social identity.
3D printing, projector, custom VR software