5000 Years of Answering Questions with Questions
March 31–July 2011
If not now, when? What's your hurry? Why is this night different than all other nights? Are you experienced? When does life begin? Why do Jews always answer a question with a question? Do you feel lucky? Do you love me? Are you Jewish? What, me worry?
Search and questioning are at the core of Jewish cultural and spiritual identity. Jews of all ages are encouraged to question assumptions and authorities, taking to heart the Yiddish proverb: “One who does not ask, does not know.”
Are We There Yet? is a new media art installation in the Museum's Yud Gallery by Bay Area artists Ken Goldberg and Gil Gershoni that celebrates inquisitive impulse. An immersive sound environment, the installation poses questions from a variety of sources including the Talmud, literature, and popular culture. Questions vary based on visitors’ movement through the space.
Each visit is a unique mix of playfulness, poetry, and spiritual journey. A companion website,are-we-there-yet.org, presents live streams of videos and tweets, allowing visitors to suggest questions for the exhibition and to playfully explore the suggestions of others. You can alsodownload the iPod/iPad app, follow on Twitter @doyouloveme, or like Are We There Yet? on Facebook. Are We There Yet? encourages visitors to reflect on the rich history and future of curiosity.
Are We There Yet? 5000 Years of Answering Questions with Questions is a collaboration between Ken Goldberg, Gil Gershoni, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. The project has been made possible with special seed funding from the Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation. Major support has been provided by the Jim Joseph Foundation. Additional support generously provided by Meyer Sound Laboratories Inc.
Koret and Taube Foundations are the lead supporters of the 2010/11 exhibition season.