The extended horizontal surface was situated both inside and outside of the gallery and aimed to support efforts to spark cross-community dialogue and spontaneous interaction across religious lines. Within the gallery Hot/Cold table is an intimate object referencing shared meals. As it moves beyond the gallery it reinforces the temporary public space and the theme of play created by closing the main street for the festival. A heat sensitive ink covers the surface of the interior table. When touched, the ink turns clear revealing open-ended phrases in Hebrew or Arabic, requiring translation. The table will be on exhibit in the gallery through April and will be the site of cross-community gatherings intended to spark dialogue. She is currently designing a second table that will be used with Arab and Jewish youth in High Schools around Haifa and hopes to work with UMD students to repurpose this idea for our community.

CNC Milling: YellowCNC Thermochromic Ink provided by SFXC and imported by V-Zot Creative Products Table text translation into Arabic: Nawal Elbani with assistance from Alla Elbani? Sophie Habib, Lameez? Commissioned by Beit Hagefen and the City of Haifa. Mali Barouch, Curator