Untitled Transpoders (Jerusalem) was Nida's contribution to the 2008 Jerusalem Show: Walks in the City.
Positioned throughout the Old City over the course of the exhibition are 3mm LEDs which shine a brilliant blue for approximately 15 days. Recalling fireflies in both size and life span, these lights conjure the primitive wonder of first witnessing these mysterious insects. And much like the irresistible youthful compulsion to capture these glowing creatures, the lights once discovered invariablyshift location in the hands of children and adults alike, mapping a passage throughout the Old City, which is as such, in constant flux. A multifaceted project initiated in Egypt for the 2006 Nomadic Artists Symposium on the idea of Territories organized by Lara Baladi, this project continues to expand but constant in all it’s iterations in the simple pleasure a little light can bring.
Nida Sinnokrot is a Palestinian artist raised in Algeria and the United States. His films, installations, and sculptures often explore notions of time and space in a phenomenological investigation of Diaspora consciousness. Nida’s work employs a variety of mediums to transform ordinary objects or actions into sensory experiences that reveal a complexity of form and perception trapped within the mundane. In 1997, he received a BA in Radio, Television, and Film at the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in Film from Bard College in 2000. He lives and works in Palestine and is currently on the faculty of Al-Quds Bard Honors College for Liberal Arts and Sciences in East Jerusalem.
In 2001 he participated the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Nida Sinnokrot is a 2002 recipient of a Media Arts Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation. His work has received support from the Paul Robeson Fund, the Sharjah Biennial, and the Al Mamal arts centre in Jerusalem. His films and diverse installation works have featured in many group exhibitions including Biennial Cuvée - World Selection of Contemporary Art in Linz, Austria (2010), the Sharjah Biennia (2009), Never-Part - Histories of Palestine, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium (2008/09), the Jerusalem Show, Old City Jerusalem (2008). His first film, Palestine Blues screened in over thirty festivals worldwide, premiered at the New York Underground Film Festival, was selected for Cinema Du Réel and won seven awards for Best Documentary including the International Prize for Mediterranean Documentary -CMCA (2007). Nida’s work is in private and public collections such as Giorgio Fasol’s collection on display in the Mart Museum in Rovereto, Italy, the Nadour Collection of Contemporary Middle Eastern art in Paris, the Sharjah Art Foundation and others. Nida Sinnokort lives and works in Palestine and is currently on the faculty of Al-Quds Bard Honors College for Liberal Arts and Sciences in East Jerusalem.