Born from Sea and Cloud (excerpt) by Danielle Alhasid (Fine Arts)

Born from Sea and Cloud is inspired by the city Tel Aviv, which is often referred to as the White City and that has often whitewashed its narrative. The city is celebrated for its white Bauhaus architecture, and is marketed as THE European City in the Middle East, while its reality is much more complex in every sense of the word. The shifting images in the video capture the experience of walking in a city, bringing to life pieces marginalized from the collective memory. Impressions and maps of the old city appear and take over, only to be overcome and washed away. The work focuses on the beauty found in the discarded parts and encourages the viewers to enjoy their presence and mourn their passing.

Opening segment: Sharon Rotbard, Ir Levanah, Ir Sheḥorah [Black City White City], p. 15. Tel Aviv: Babel, 2005, translated from Hebrew by Danielle Alhasid.


This video is part of: Rietveld Uncut 2020

For the fourth consecutive time, the Rietveld Uncut team has worked towards an exhibition of these projects in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, this year under the title Relating (to) Colour. Students investigate "colour" from different perspectives and meanings.

Due to government measures to control the coronavirus, the Rietveld Uncut exhibition and the Studium Generale conference week in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in March 2020 were cancelled. Participants were asked to create digital translation of their projects and share this with the online audience.