Dana Yahalomi, leader of Public Movement, a performative research body that investigates and stages political actions in public spaces, presented key strategies developed by Public Movement alongside examples of previous actions. The lecture concluded with an open discussion of Public Movement’s recent action, SALONS: Birthright Palestine? , as part of the New Museum Triennial 2012, which looked at Birthright Israel trips to raise questions about nationality and heritage, as well as the politics of tourism and branding. In this project, different publics presented and debated related questions and issues that would inform, affirm, and/or oppose the proposal to consider appropriating the ideological strategies of the trips toward the potential creation of a Birthright Palestine program.
SALONS: Birthright Palestine? was co-commissioned by Artis and the New Museum, New York.