2010 Territorial Intimacy
A multimedia project created for the Bat Yam International Biennale of Landscape Urbanism in Israel, reflecting on issues of urban planning and gentrification through participatory performance and installation.
- 2010 Israel, Bat Yam: Biennale of Landscape Urbanism

- Shaxaf Haber [photographer]
- Sigal Bar Near [biennale organizer]
- Yael Moriah [biennale organizer]
- Bat Yam Biennale of Landscape Urbanism [financial support]
- Bat Yam Biennale of Landscape Urbanism [technical support]

2010 Territorial Intimacy
Territorial Intimacy. Prophets' Street Moves to the Industrial Area
Territorial Intimacy is an open site-specific installation-game I created for the Bat Yam International Biennale of Landscape Urbanism in 2010. The project deals with individual and communal issues as the city of Bat Yam experiences a wave of renovation and growth. During the project, I collected objects and documented personal experiences from residents of HaNevi'im Street. The area is undergoing gentrification. Inhabitants are thus forced out of their homes for economic reasons. The installation was set in a three hundred square meter space (Castro space), in an unfinished building located in the nearby industrial area of Bat Yam. The exposed skeleton of the building functioned as urban ruin and became the stage for discussions on the nature of life in the urban sphere. Territorial Intimacy comprised four elements. The first was a documentary movie based on interviews of residents. It was screened on the eight walls of the exhibition space. The second element was a table, made out of the remains of broken furniture, with chairs. It re-created a kind of living room, an intimate space within the derelict surroundings. Forks on the floor shaped a sort of labyrinth, which was completed with the fourth element—the objects I had collected and placed in glass containers. The viewers were invited to participate in the installation, to change it by adding objects from their own domestic environments, as well as to fill in a questionnaire concerning the experience of domesticity in the urban space. The visitors' answers were compiled in a “residents' book.”