The film Jerusalem, the adulterous wife is an urban symphony on Jerusalem, inspired on the text of Ezekiel 16 of the same name.
The city’s actual complex relation to politics and religion is brought into perspective by historical images and an historical text. In that manner, the cinematic approach to the city is not only historicized, but the text and images are also actualized.
This archeological approach is visualized both by the use of archive footage (mostly propaganda films) and by what these footage represents (namely excavations). The archeological approach cuts though historical layers en depths of the city in order to give a diachronic view on the conflict that is persisting in Jerusalem.
Under the surface, Jerusalem, the adulterous wife reflects the difficulty of approach towards Jerusalem and the adultery of images.
The right to information is essential for maintaining or creating democratic societies, for the simple reason that without free access to information, political instances cannot be held accountable. Communication, as a condition for accessing information, can therefore equally be considered as a “right”. The Belgian city of Louvain-la-Neuve is an interesting case in point of how students are educated to deal with vast amount of information, without therefore necessarily fully realizing firstly the privileged position they have in accessing information, secondly, the democratic potential of their role (and thus their democratic duty), and thirdly, how the information is nevertheless filtered by education system.
Furthermore, LLN is a case in point of how democratic communication between the demos (i.c. students) and polis (the city) is regulated through urbanism and architecture. It is known that the city is built in such a way to prevent huge mass protests. How is political communication enhanced or obstructed through city planning? How is space colonized?