(WAITING FOR) THE PEOPLE
Tal Erez graduated with a research on the ‘new industrial revolution’ he envisioned, which was valued with a ‘cum laude’ for its thoroughness and innovative insights.
“New production methods construct new socio-political systems. From the development of guilds in the Middle Ages to the labour unions of the 20th century, workers have always regulated political power. The project questions the demise of the workers voice and proposes ways to reinstate it within our post-Fordist society. New manufacturing techniques will enable a re-structuring of our economic and political structures. (Waiting for) the People is a set of 14 protest signs, which act as a provocation for change. Each sign containing an image that hints at a possible future, where the home has become the site of production (The availability of 3D printers at home is near; decentralising the production of physical objects).”
Another part of Erez’ graduation was the presentation of Propjects: objects that exist purely to represent ourselves on camera. “We are already directors, armed with the tools of making videos, and now, with sites like you-tube – imagine! For the first time our interior is uploaded to the public sphere. We invite millions into our bedroom, our living room. But that’s a good thing. it means its free. that it could be imaginative. That we control its composition, its components, its ability to be fantastic, unprofessional. (Designers can still learn from us). Don’t be afraid to make your own space.”
Since his graduation Tal Erez is based in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he works as a designer, researcher and curator who explores issues of political change, institutional critique, and contemporary forms of resistance. His research methodology encompasses both the production of objects and texts. The current emphasis of his activities is curating, exhibition design and teaching at the Bezalel School of Architecture.
Some of his recent activities: with his studio titled “DesignRelated”, Tal has exhibited internationally with the Israeli pavilion exhibition at the Venice architecture biennale (Aircraft Carrier, 2012-13), Droog Design (Design for download, 2011, 2013), Z33, House for contemporary art and design (The Machine, 2012; Design beyond production, 2013), and La Terrasse (2015-16), amongst others. He was a research fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut (NL), and was the curator of the exhibition Plastic: Promises of a Home Made Future which ran in Rotterdam January-April 2015. Since 2016, Tal Erez is the chief curator for the international Jerusalem Design Week.
Graduation project, 2010