I’m very excited about my new project Border-Ball: a 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S. – Mexico border. If you’re in the area, I would love to walk with you. Info below.
Nos vemos luego!
Joel Tauber is undertaking a 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S.-Mexico border to build community through baseball.
Growing up, Tauber went to Fenway Park to watch baseball. He dreamed of playing professionally. Baseball, for him, stands for openness and a belief in a welcoming, diverse America. He hopes to encourage conversation and togetherness rather than division and separation.
The journey will begin on Oct. 29. Tauber will start at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, California, and will walk along the border wall before heading north two miles to the Otay Mesa Detention Center. He will travel there and back again each day – a six mile journey that connects legal entry to the U.S. with the border wall and the detention center holding those who might be in the country without all legal permits. While walking, he will be declaring, in English as well as some Spanish, an adaptation of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”:
Walk with me along the border. Play catch with me in front of the wall. Share some hot dogs and salsa. I don’t care what part of the world you’re from. Let’s root, root, root for teamwork. If we don’t find some, it’s a shame. For it’s one, two, three strikes, we’re out at the old ball game.
He is also proclaiming, as an adaptation of “The Star Spangled Banner”:
Oh, say, can you see, our country’s gorgeous dream: an endless field of green, where everyone can live and play? Our star-spangled banner yet waves, over the land of immigrants and the home of us all!
Tauber will be wearing a custom vintage baseball uniform and backpack in blue, white and red. He will be tossing a baseball as he walks along and inviting people who walk along with him to play catch.
As part of the border walk, Tauber will be filming people he meets and gathering personal reflections and stories related to baseball and the border. He will produce a film and art installation, called Border-Ball, about the experience.
Tauber was born in 1972 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and comes from a long line of rabbis. His work focuses on generating conversation and facilitating change. Most recently, the Vintage International Film Festival in Kolhapur, India, named Tauber’s “The Sharing Project” movie “Best International Documentary Film.” He lives and works in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; where he is Associate Professor of Art at Wake Forest University.
Many thanks to the Vintage International Film Festival for selecting The Sharing Project movie. I wish I could be in Kolhapur, India for The Sharing Project screening and for the rest of the Vintage International Film Festival events. The Sharing Project will screen on Sunday October 6 at around midday (it’s the third screening in the block of films that begins at 11:30 am) at Shahu Smarak Bhavan, Dasara Chouk, Kolhapur.
I’m really excited that The Sharing Projectmovie — my 29 minute non-fiction film, philosophical journey, personal narrative, and nature film, all intertwined together to explore the meaning of sharing — is screening at the DTLA Film Festival on Friday October 25 at 6 pm. Looking forward to returning to Los Angeles for the USA premiere of the film!
The film is screening at Regal LA Live: Theater 12 (A Barco Innovation Center. 1000 West Olympic Boulevard. Los Angeles, CA 90015).
I’m thrilled that The Sharing Projectmovie — my 29 minute non-fiction film, philosophical journey, personal narrative, and nature film, all intertwined together to explore the meaning of sharing — is screening at Oaxaca FilmFest on October 7 at 2 pm. Excited to visit Oaxaca, Mexico for the first time and attend this exceptional festival for the North American premiere of the film.
Many thanks to Duane Toops for interviewing me on his podcast The Process & The Path. It was a joy talking with him! Check out the podcast episode, “Art Meets Mysticism: An Interview With Joel Tauber” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor FM; and check out the video version of our conversation on YouTube as well.
The Sharing Project movie — a 29 minute non-fiction film, philosophical journey, personal narrative, and nature film, all intertwined together to explore the meaning of sharing — premieres this Wednesday (June 26) at 5 pm at the Kala Samruddhi International Film Festival in Mumbai. The screening is happening at Prabhodhankar Naatya Mandir Borivali West. The movie is nominated for Best Documentary Film and for Best International Short Film, and the award ceremony takes place on June 27 from 4-10 pm at St. Andrews Auditorium, Bandra (in Mumbai).
really excited that UNDERWATERopens
on Saturday June 22 at the Adamski
Gallery in Berlin. The
7-channel video installation – that’s also an operatic disco – brings
environmentalism, trance music, and mysticism together.
Watch the preview video to hear me singing about global warming like a Jewish cantor on the Day of Atonement.
read more about the project and the show (below).
Hope to see you soon!
JOEL TAUBER | UNDERWATER
ADAMSKI | BERLIN
JUNE 25 – AUGUST 17
OPENING: JUNE 22, 7-9 pm
(Gallery closed July 20-27)
UNDERWATER brings environmentalism,
trance music, and mysticism together; as it suggests, in interactive and
immersive ways, that we’re all connected to each other and to the land / sea –
even if we have largely forgotten that and even if we have to collectively
change our ways. As people dance in the UNDERWATER operatic disco, their movements – which echo
Tauber’s – blur the distinctions between our bodies. The boundaries between the
Self and the Other collapse; just as the distinctions between people / marine
life blur, and the distinctions between the human built environment of the
exhibition space and the underwater video world merge.
In the 7-channel video installation, 5 videos focus on what
Tauber finds underwater: pollution, death, nausea, a beautiful sea turtle, and
swaying kelp… A 6th video shows him disappearing into a cloud of air bubbles;
and a 7th video shows a visual map of his 40 scuba dives, which slowly moves
into existence from left to right in real time with the 51 minute musical
The composition arises from depth readings recorded during every
second of Tauber’s dives. Tauber assigned each dive an instrument and a beat
and translated the movements of each dive in real time into music: the deeper
the depth reading, the deeper the note. Sometimes, all 40 dives play together.
Other times, a “band” of dives are heard. And, then there are moments when
individual dives have “solos”. Tauber sings his dive depths (higher notes for
the higher depths, deeper notes for the deeper depths) (“43 feet”…
“80 feet”…) at various intervals to emphasize the relationships
between his movements underwater and the music.
Tauber sings about seeking the Other (which is the chorus) in
ways that evoke the Jewish cantorial scales; and he sings about pollution and
global warming in ways that evoke the iconic old melody “Kol Nidre”
from the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. So, there is a prayer-like /
collective atonement element to this underwater rave.
8 drawings of the musical notes and lyrics in the composition accompany the videos.
Participation in the show can happen both directly, by experiencing the installation and dancing to its music; and also remotely, by responding to the call to send personal stories about global warming, marine life, seas rising, and hurricanes to email@example.com These stories will be included in the show.
ADAMSKI / BERLIN @ FAHRBEREITSCHAFT GEBÄUDE 13 HERZBERGSTRASSE 40–43 10365 BERLIN OPEN TUESDAY – SATURDAY / 12 – 6 PM AND BY APPOINTMENT firstname.lastname@example.org http://galleryadamski.com/