Unrevealed Journal

A project by Pauline Bewig
University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf
Prof. Anja Vormann

Unrevealed Journal is a travel book in which I process my impressions from our Israel excursion with collected material like photographs, sketches and journal entries.

The impressions are in chronological order of the two weeks of traveling and give an insight of my observations and opinions. The country was unrevealed for me and I didn’t know what to expect. I never learned how to deal with Israelis about our history or if I should or shouldn’t talk with them about it. Apart from this, there is so much more to learn about Israel and Jewish people. I worked with memories, with questions I was left with talking with people I met, and with difficulties during the trip like culture shock and unusual weather conditions. The trip taught me to handle things, but I still will never be done learning. A mix of analogue and digital material in my journal makes the experiences more approachable. Unrevealed journal combines classic book layout with handwritten journal.

Not only me but also Lilian collected material during our trip. We visited the state of Israel with different levels of experience. Lilian has Israeli roots but before the excursion she only knew her second home from vacations and family visits. With a family of two countries, she is looking for her space and identity. In her photo book Consider Space she faces the questions and thoughts which occur in her search. I had no contact points with Israel before the trip, which is why I had very little idea of the country and many questions. The journal answers some of these but also asks the new questions which arose during the excursion.

Unrevealed Journal and Consider Space are different projects which nevertheless are connected because we made the same trip with different points of view. The two projects are together »transpositional journals«. Transposition stands for the act or process of changing something from one position to another, or exchanging the positions of two things. The most interesting part is the comparison of these two works and the exchange which results. By contrasting both views of the project, they can be questioned and commented. Through the different materials of »transpositional journals«, it’s possibl