though I am devoting most of my energies now to the painted medium,
first love in artistic creation was, and probably remains, working in
the video medium.
Twenty years ago I
made a large number of video art
compositions in analog home video format,
using whatever image
processing and special effects devices I could get use of or
About four years ago
after reviewing these works I found them to be
engaging and even cutting-edge.
I bought an
inexpensive device to
convert the works to digital and some editing programs
and through my
home computer I was able to rejuvenate them into works
that could be
presented in DVD installations and screenings.
The following is a
partial listing with some stills taken at random from videos.
stills are only small hint as to the intensive visual dance of the real
time video presentation.
The Sacred Letters
of the Sacred
shows each of the Hebrew letters
in the torah
style for about 30 seconds
with track of special electronic music
by assigning each Hebrew letter of the first chapter in
1.5 seconds long and instrument
and then "playing" the letters of Genesis one after the
Low definition version in YouTube below:
complete version of the Sacred
(72 minutes without sound)
Each of the 22 Hebrew scribal letters is
as a separate module (4-8
its own unique color
scheme, video dance and special effects.
will find a great variation of styles, from the minimalist Dalet (ד)
to the wildly psychedelic (צ),
the sensual Chet (ח),
the surrealist Kuf (ק)
and the mandala symmetry of the Ayin (ע)
"differences" have correlations with ideas from Kabbalah
about the letters (hinted at by the subtitle to each
subtitles to modules
A sample module in YouTube of the letter SHIN ש
A sample module in YouTube of the letter HAI ה
The form of the Letter HAI
has two perpendicular lines
representing Thought and Speech
and a detached YOD (Hand)
It being upside down
suggests pregnancy and birth.
A sample module in YouTube of the letter Vav ו
The Letter VAV represents connection
and is the exact MIDDLE LETTER of the Torah
and can be understood as the AXLE around which
all the other letters of the entire Torah revolve.
links together the two
months of Nissan and Sivan.
A sample module in YouTube of the letter Chet ח
The Letter CHET represents the marriage aמd union
of the different Masculine and Feminine Energies,
represented by the letter VAV ו on the right
and the letter ZION ז on the left.
They are connected by a "bridge", ma'avarta,
which in holy marriage, is symbolized
by the chupa חופה, the encompassing spiritual light.
A sample module in YouTube of the letter TET ט
Tet is the Ninth Letter of the Hebrew alphabet
and obviously connects with the “holiday”
of Tisha b’Av – the Ninth Day
which commemorates the Destruction of the Temples
and other tragic events in Jewish history.
A sample module in YouTube of the letter YOD י
The Yod is the first letter of the Tetragrammaton,
G-d’s essential Name Havayah, the Name of Mercy.
All created form begins with this essential “point,”
of energy and life-force, the point of the letter Yod.
Likewise all of the scribal
letters in the Torah
are first written beginning
with a Yod.
would be most effective to show as an installation
each module side
by side or as a 2 x 11 matrix on 22 screens
each attached to its
own DVD device and running continuously.
comes to mind is the famous code א-
the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet connects to the last
second letter with the
second from the last and so on.
complicated installation would be to
place the screens
large cardboard or plywood cutouts in the shape of the letters
would stand in middle of an exhibition space
and people would pass
through like in a maze and hopefully be amazed.
The Lights of Hanukah
A Lamp of G-d Is a Man's
Kabbalah Meditations on the Lights of Hanukah
in eight silent modules of 4-5 minutes each for a total of 30
A video art composition based on special
with the actual burning lights of the Hanukah
but having an artistic
and universal relevance
not restricted to the Jewish holiday alone or
a Jewish audience.
definition samples from the composition
(with a sound track) are
available on YouTube:
Fourth Light: https://youtu.be/qDzaV_Ksmu0
The Eighth Light: https://youtu.be/fddvOWqNZe4
effectively viewed as an auto-run eight
each module being seen on separate but adjacent monitors.
(3 minutes when run
on 12 screens showing as video art
the Hebrew names
of the Twelve
as incised on the gem stones of the Kho-shen,
the High Priest,
each tribe having its special
visual dance, color
and special effects,
according to attached explanation.
monitors could be placed in a
matrix three across and four high,
according to the format of the Kho-shen,
as in the poster above.
module in YouTube of the Tribe of Benjamin:
the Matza Interior
into the Matza Interior
An extended comparison of the
hand-kneaded matza and the full moon.
Extreme close-ups of the matza
turn into a remarkable "lunar"
and even otherworldly
with crevices and craggy mountains.
The micro becomes the macro
With a modern music
(electronic & flute) track,
which gives it a special
It even has the sound
effect of the artist
munching noisily on a matza.
definition samples from the composition
(with a "stream of consciousness" sound track)
available on YouTube:
Meditation in a
in a Jerusalem Field (21
ruminations by the videographer as he roams with his camera
what was once a typical undeveloped lot near
the Insane Asylum in
Givat Shaul, an old traditional neighborhood in Jerusalem,
meditates (or perhaps hallucinates with a Van Gogh-like
on the spiny weeds, the junk, the stones and the
trying to find
the “harmony of nature” and a reason for being,
while hearing the
grunts & screams
of the inmates of the asylum in the
and the ominous sounds of fighter jets in the sky.
Selected Resurrected 8mm films
SONGS - USA - 1964
8 silent mm film clips resurrected and re-edited to digital format.
Visual poems (without audio) on the Badlands in
South Dakota and Sea
& Cypress on California Coast.
A tribute to my mentor, Stan
Quality DVD version available for museum &
Memories of Hadar
OF HADAR HATORAH - BROOKLYN NY - 1965
silent 8 mm film clips transferred to digital video and
impressions (without audio) of the Hadar HaTorah
yeshiva in Brooklyn NY,
including 770 Quivered, a wedding with vigor,
before and after
clips of a baal tsuva student.
Quality DVD version
available for museum & gallery installation.
I made a short
almost fifty years ago (!) of the central synagogue
of Chabad at 770
Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn.
I used double perforated 16 mm film and then
had it slit in the middle
so it could be projected in the old 8mm film
so the beginning could be the end and the end, the
It created a quivering strobe effect or what I call: Shaking
which is a correct translation for the word "haredi",
term used to describe ultra-Orthodox Jews,
since they like to "shake"
The effect has been enhanced by my joining to the clip
exact copy in reverse, so it
could be played as an
shaking loop" (Mobius Strip)
version available for museum & gallery installation.
short silent 8 mm film clips transferred to digital video and recently
impressions (without audio) of the Orthodox Jewish community in
Jerusalem in 1967.
include Kosher Meat, Resurrection Meditation
on Mount of Olives, Bringing the first Sefer Torah into the Old City
DVD version available for museum & gallery installation.
Kfar Chabad Visual
Two short silent 8 mm film clips transferred to digital video
Poetic impressions (without audio) filmed during the short period I was
living in Kfar Chabad in Israel:
1.Waiting for the Moshiach (Messiah) coming on a cloud or a donkey
2. Elevating the Nefesh HaB'hamit (Animal Soul) during prayer.
Quality DVD version available for museum & gallery installation.
Meditation on a Point
transformation of one of my acrylic paintings: Meditation on a Point,
simulating the entering into the "vortex of no-return"
that many people have described in their near-death experience.
The vortex is analogous to the Black Hole in Outer Space.
In terms of the soul, we are pulled by G-d's infinite gravity
to a state of "singularity" and nothingness
but ultimately to a door of an alternate universe.
Quality DVD version available for installations.
video art interpretation of a festive gathering
of the renowned Chabad-Lubavitcher Rebbe,
Rabbi Menachem Schneersohn,
with his chassidic
The supernal special effects and evocative narrative track
attempt to render the vast excitement
and spiritual energy that was
during this typical gathering,
occurred over thirty years ago.
In three parts on YouTube:
The relationship of chassid to the Rebbe
and the efficacy of Blessing.
A short discourse by the Rebbe
on the Previous Rebbe's teachings.
A finale of chassidic nigun or songs
with the Rebbe's active participation.
TV Interviews and Slideshows
Slide-Show: Stones on Fire
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