by Canadian Ginger ( AKA D’Vora Charness)
I promise to post a video by the end of the week to really introduce myself! But for now I have a fun story of the moment… I went to go pick up my cousin from Montreal at the airport. Anyways, as I am walking into the airport, I bash into this really tall dark man, I look up (as I was obviously not looking at where I was going!) and said “Slicha” (Sorry) and continued walking. Then it hit me, I had literally just bumped into the most popular Israeli singer in Israel, Dudu Aharon!! I immediately started hyperventilating, because as a crazed fan that is just what one does, and called one of my best friends to tell her my good news and how I will never wash my shirt again. As we were talking about it we both realized something funny. In any other country when any famous person is around, paparazzi and a team of bodyguards usually follows him, yet Dudu Aharon wasn’t surrounded by more then five people! If I had accidentally bumped into Justin Bieber lets say, I am pretty sure I would have been tackled by bodyguards and carried out of the airport. So funny how celebrities just blend in to everyday life in this country, often going unnoticed! Now I feel kinda dumb I didn’t get a picture with him!
For decades we have been using notebooks said to be produced from “woodless paper”. A new Israeli invention is making it possible to produce “scentless paper” – from drain water.
Dr. Refael Aharon of Applied CleanTech has developed a system capable of turning stinking sewage into a renewable and profitable source of energy. How?
About 99.9% of the drainage which comes out of our homes and flows through pipes is water. The remaining 10% are comprised of solid substances which can be used for the production of cellulose, which is used to produce paper.
These substances include food leftovers, used toilet paper and fiber from clothes which flow into the sewage with the laundry water.
So far, these solid substances have been a difficult and expensive nuisance. The process of cleaning the large amounts of processed waste remaining after the wastewater filtration require a lot of money, which pushes up our water tariffs.
Aharon says the process he developed reduces half of the solid substances in the sewage. As a result, the factory needs less electricity and chemicals to purify water – and the money saved may eventually reduce our water bills.
So how does one turn drain water into paper? After the solid substances are filtered and separated from the wastewater, they undergo a drying and purification process to remove bacteria.
The remaining substance, which includes large amounts of cellulose, can be sold to paper manufacturers. Thanks to the system, which has already been installed in one of the sewage purification facilities in southern Israel, paper has already been produced at much lower costs than regular recycled paper.
Aharon had business cards created from the “sewage paper”. He says it is possible to produce paper at the size and thickness required for any purpose. “There’s no reason not to recycle sewage substances, just like we recycle plastic.”
Get ready for a journey into the semi-psychadelic world of Eitan Ben-Moshe’s creations in his new book ‘Jericho Moons.’ We are proud to announce the upcoming publication of the visionary artist’s first book, to be released in conjunction with an upcoming exhibit of his work at The Alon Segev Gallery in Tel-Aviv.
‘Jericho Moons’ documents Ben-Moshe’s future works through a visual journey that moves between straight documentation and digital collages of imagined worlds where Ben-Moshe’s sculptures and lightboxes are transformed into new entities. This back and forth calls into question traditional understandings of temporality and reality.The selection of images presented in the slideshow were taken both from the book as well as from the artist’s archive.
‘Jericho Moons’ also features an interview with Yael Hersonski, the award winning director of ‘A Film Unfinished’, as well as essays by Naomi Aviv and Lior Galili.