Land. Milk. Honey: Animal Stories in Imagined Landscapes (Paperback)

Land. Milk. Honey: Animal Stories in Imagined Landscapes By Rachel Gottesman (Editor), Tamar Novick (Editor), Iddo Ginat (Editor), Dan Hasson (Editor), Yonatan Cohen (Editor) Cover Image

Land. Milk. Honey: Animal Stories in Imagined Landscapes (Paperback)

By Rachel Gottesman (Editor), Tamar Novick (Editor), Iddo Ginat (Editor), Dan Hasson (Editor), Yonatan Cohen (Editor)

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A unique documentation of how ideology translated into colonialism, settlement, urbanization, infrastructure, and mechanized agriculture radically reshaped the environment of Palestine-Israel.

The biblical metaphor of a “Land of Milk and Honey” has denoted for millennia a prophecy and promise for plenitude. This book, published in conjunction with the Israeli Pavilion at the seventeenth International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, examines the reciprocal relations between humans, animals, and the environment within the context of modern Palestine-Israel, and demonstrates how this promise has become an action-plan over the course of the twentieth century.

Land. Milk. Honey investigates how colonialism, urbanization, and mechanized agriculture radically reshaped the environment and altered human-animal relationships. It shows how the celebrated metamorphosis of the region into a prosperous agricultural landscape was entangled with irreparable damage to the environment, as well as the disruption of human communities. And it highlights the predicaments that both the environment and its inhabitants are facing after the territory has, over a century, been the testbed of modernist aspirations for plenitude.

The fundamental changes the region has undergone are portrayed through the stories of five local animals: cow, goat, honeybee, water buffalo, and bat. These case-studies and analysis construct a spatial history of a place in five acts: Mechanization, Territory, Cohabitation, Extinction, and the Post-Human. A rich collection of literary excerpts, historical documents, archival photos, as well as short original vignettes reveals the story of this remarkable transfiguration and redesign.
Rachel Gottesman is a historian and writer, and a lecturer at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan, Israel.

Tamar Novick is a senior research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, where she leads a working group on animals and knowledge.

Iddo Ginat is an architect and curator, and a lecturer at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan.

Dan Hasson is an architect, exhibition designer, and lecturer at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.
Product Details ISBN: 9783038602477
ISBN-10: 3038602477
Publisher: Park Books
Publication Date: October 6th, 2021
Pages: 384