Tal Yizrael

Visual Arts

Tal Yizrael

Tal Yizrael is an artist, curator, collaborator, and educator. Her interests lay in intersections, transdisciplinary research, and serendipity. As an artist, Yizrael works both as a collaborator and as an individual artist fascinated by the ethereal, fragile moments that usually stand between order and disorder.

In 2008, Yizrael founded the Department of Nocturnal Affairs (DNA) with artist Caroline Maxwell. Envisioned as both a work of installation and performance art, the DNA has opened field offices in various public spaces around Los Angeles and the world to collect reports of nocturnal wildlife sightings. Since 2015, she has been a part of a group of artists and scientists(Choreographer Sharona Florsheim, Scientists Dr. Jennifer Galanis, and Prof. Daniel Harries) that examines the phenomenon of spontaneous self-assembly, an area of research rooted in statistical mechanics, where local interactions between objects can exert long-range ordering.

The manifestations and mechanisms of order–disorder transitions are examined in systems of varying sizes: from molecules to human behavior and mixed systems, as realized in “Fragile Formation.” The joint research, which began as part of the Nano Art Lab project initiated by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, incorporates live experiments, performances, and video screenings.

As a curator, Yizrael is interested in an interdisciplinary approach and collaborations of art and science. She curated projects such as: “Invitation to Collaboration—the Studio as a Lab” at the California Institute of Technology, “Contemporary Landscapes” at the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts, Pomona, California. Yizrael is the curator of “NANO—The Fetter Museum of Art and Nanoscience” at the BINA Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials of Bar Illan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. There, she fosters collaborations of artists and scientists that lead to transdisciplinary research. She is also the co-founder and co-curator of Transmeet Art and Science Festival.

Yizrael received her MFA from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, in 2006.