Tutorials as Cultural Exchange, Merav Tzur

Merav Tzur is an accomplished contemporary artist who works in a variety of media, including video. Her practice was transformed when she discovered amateur tutorial videos online - see below for her video about how to create the tree of knowledge. Watch the video of her presentation to find out why she finds the medium so meaningful for her media students at Ohlone college. 

Informed by her experience as a child with the unique pedagogical concept of the Israeli Kibbutz ‘Junkyard Playground’ where children use objects diverted from the landfill to build temporary environments and creatively interact with them and one another – much of  Merav Tzur’s work organizes temporary circumstances and environments where participants, audiences, and herself perform various roles. Tzur received her MFA from UC Berkeley and BFA from the California College of the Arts.  She currently teaches media at Ohlone College

 sketchnotes by Todd Berman, mixed media on paper, 8" x 10", 2017

sketchnotes by Todd Berman, mixed media on paper, 8" x 10", 2017

This event was produced by the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area with support from the San Francisco Arts Commission and Leap - Arts in Education, and was generously hosted by the Museum of African Diaspora.

The Book of Genesis does not mention what type of species the Tree of knowledge was, yet throughout history various texts, interpretations and misunderstandings produced a wide variety of possibilities; apple, fig, pomegranate, oak, date, cedar, and even wheat are only a few of them. How to Graft the Tree of Knowledge is an attempt done by The Sarah Gray Research Headquarters to teach the public how to propagate the Tree of Knowledge from root-stocks and scions of all the various species found on a Google search while entering the question “what type of species was the Tree of knowledge.”