Children’s Talk and the Mythical Time

Herzlia Museum of Contemporary Art, the New Israeli Fund for Cinema and Television and Logi channel.


Children’s talk by non-children artists is a challenge per se.

A child is not aware of the physical reality, forcefully based on the criteria of time-space.

A child actually lives in a mythic time, in which reality and imagination are in continuous symbiosis and dialogue. Thus the child’s art work or playground represents a reality designed by the infant imaginative curtain.

Unawareness of the threatening causality, characterizing existence, endows the child with flexibility, enabling him to step in and out of his game, confusing the real with the imagined.

Adult artists are unable to remain flexible as a child: The mentally sick are compelled to create idiosyncratic art, while the non-mentally sick are doomed to create under the cloud of a conscious choice.

In human civilization the Golden Ages, the Mythic times represent the fantastic freedom of causality. One can be an animal and a human at one and same time, a flying horse, a talking tree…

The Dream world, myth, storytelling or even faiths are free of the ravages inflicted by causality.

Human condition, along civilization, may mirror the tension existent between the finality of the physical on one hand and the hope to overcome the anxiety facing death by an alternative creation of a spiritual Mana (Life force)

Dorit Kedar



About Dr. Dorit Kedar

Forced to continuously change nations, cultures and schooling - I had to develop a wider sense of communication, a way of thinking-feeling-behaving which stresses the common denominators. The need to adapt new landscapes and land-souls has taught instinctive means to overcome separatism, prejudices, dogmatic beliefs and suspicions. While looking for the common gathering denominators, I have also increased the ability of perception and individuation. Being constantly in estranged places has triggered psychological processes to turn the unfamiliar into familiar. As an art critic in the Israeli press, a curator, a writer - have always dealt with the otherness, the different and the infinite variety of the Existent. My Book of Peace is the result.
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