Video Art Installations

Even though I am devoting
most of my energies now
to the paint medium,

my first love in artistic creation was,
and probably remains,
 working in the video medium.

Twenty-five 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 was able to use of or devise. 

About ten years ago
after reviewing these works
I found them to be still engaging
and even cutting-edge.

I bought an inexpensive device
to convert the works
to digital and with some editing programs

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.

The stills are only small hint as to the
intensive visual dance
of the real time video presentation.

Direct Links to Video

#The Sacred Letters

#The Lights of Hanukah

#The Twelve Tribes

#Voyage into the Matza Interior

#Meditation in a Jerusalem Field

#Songs - USA

#Memories of Hadar HaTorah

#Shaking 770

#Jerusalem Memories

#Kfar Chabad Visual Melodies

#Meditation on a Point


#TV Interviews and Slideshows

The Sacred Letters


Overture of the Sacred Letters (11 minutes)
which shows each of the Hebrew letters
in the
torah scribal style for about 30 seconds
with track of special electronic music derived
by assigning each Hebrew letter
of the first chapter in Genesis
specific tone 1.5 seconds long and instrument

and then "playing" the letters of Genesis
one after the other.

Low definition version in YouTube below:

The complete version of the Sacred Letters.
(72 minutes without sound)
Each of the 22 Hebrew scribal letters is presented
as a separate module
(4-8 minutes)
with its own unique
color scheme, video dance and special effects.
You will find a great variation of styles,
from the minimalist Dalet (
to the wildly psychedelic (
the sensual Chet (
ח), the surrealist Kuf (ק)
and the mandala symmetry of the Ayin (
ע) and more.
These "differences" have correlations
with ideas from Kabbalah teachings
about the letters
(hinted at by the subtitle to each module).

link to 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)
representing Action.
It being
upside down
suggests pregnancy and birth.

A sample module in YouTube of the letter Vav ו


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,
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.

It 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.























What comes to mind is the famous code
א- ת ב- ש (AT-BASH) ,
where the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet
connects to the last
and the second letter

with the second from the last
and so on.

A more complicated installation
would be to place the screens inside

large cardboard or plywood cutouts
in the shape of the letters
which would stand in
the middle of an exhibition space
and people would pass through
like in a maze

and hopefully be amazed.

The Lights of Hanukah

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A Lamp of G-d Is a Man's Soul:
Video Kabbalah Meditations
on the Lights of Hanukah

in eight silent modules of 4-5 minutes each
for a total of 30 minutes.
A video art composition based on
special effects and feedback interface
with the actual burning lights
of the Hanukah menorah
but having
artistic and universal relevance
not restricted to the Jewish holiday alone
or a Jewish audience.
Some low definition samples
from the composition
(with a sound/music track)
are available on YouTube:

The First Light:

The Fourth Light:

The Seventh Light:

The Eighth Light:

Most effectively viewed
as an auto-run
eight monitor installation
each module being seen
on separate but adjacent monitors.

more info Hanukah

Hebrew Explanation -  עברית  

The Twelve Tribes


The Twelve Tribes
DVD video wall installation
(3 minutes when run simultaneously)
based on 12 screens showing as video art
the Hebrew names of the Twelve Tribes
as incised on the gem stones of the Kho-shen,
or the breastplate of the High Priest,
each tribe having its special
visual dance, color and special effects,
according to attached explanation.
he 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.

Sample module in YouTube of the Tribe of Benjamin:


The Twelve Tribes

Voyage into the Matza Interior


Voyage into the Matza Interior (18 Minutes).
An extended comparison of the
"round" hand-kneaded matza and the full moon.

Extreme close-ups of the matza texture
turn into a remarkable "lunar"

and even otherworldly landscape
replete with crevices and craggy mountains.

The micro becomes the macro and vice versa.
With a modern music (electronic & flute) track,
which gives it a special ambiance.
It even has the sound effect of the artist
munching noisily on a matza.

Some low definition samples from the composition
(with a "stream of conciousness" sound track)
are available on YouTube:

For more information on Matza Video press this line link

Meditation in a Jerusalem Field



Meditation in a Jerusalem Field (21 minutes)
Live ruminations by the videographer
as he roams with his camera
through what was once
a typical undeveloped lot near
the Insane Asylum in Givat Shaul,
an old traditional neighborhood in Jerusalem,
and meditates (or perhaps hallucinates
with a Van Gogh-like intensity)
on the spiny weeds, the junk, the stones and the ants
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 background
and the ominous sounds of  fighter jets in the sky.

Songs - USA


Selected Resurrected 8mm films
SONGS - USA - 1964
Two short 8 silent mm film clips
resurrected and re-edited to digital format.

Visual poems (without audio)
on the Badlands in South Dakota and
the Sea & Cypress on California Coast.

A tribute to my mentor, Stan Brakhage.
Quality DVD version available
for museum & gallery installation.

Memories of Hadar HaTorah


Four short silent 8 mm film clips
transferred to digital video and recently re-edited.

Poetic "energy" 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.

Shaking 770

I made a short film fifty years ago (!)
of the central synagogue of Chabad
at 770 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn.
It created a quivering strobe effect
or what I call: Shaking or Shakers,
which is a correct translation for the word "charedi",
a term used to describe ultra-Orthodox Jews,
since they like to "shake" when praying.
The effect has been enhanced
by my joining to the clip
an exact copy in reverse,
so it could be played as an
"endless seamless shaking loop" 
(Mobius Strip)

Quality DVD version available
for museum & gallery installation.

Jerusalem Memories


Jerusalem Memories  - 1967
Three short silent 8 mm film clips
transferred to digital video and recently re-edited. 

Poetic impressions (without audio)
of the Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem in 1967.

Titles include Kosher Meat, Resurrection Meditation on Mount of Olives,
Bringing the first Sefer Torah into the Old City

Quality DVD version available
for museum & gallery installation.

Kfar Chabad Visual Melodies


Kfar Chabad Visual Melodies
Two short silent 8 mm film clips
transferred to digital video and recently re-edited.

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

Video 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.



9. rebbe
Farbrengen (24 minutes))
A video art interpretation of a festive gathering
of the renowned Habad-Lubavitcher Rebbe,
Rabbi Menachem Schneersohn,
with his chassidic followers.
The supernal special effects and evocative narrative track
attempt to render the vast excitement
and spiritual energy that was generated
during this typical gathering,
called Farbrengen,
that occurred over twenty years ago.

In three parts:

Part One describes the relation of hassid to the Rebbe
and the efficacy of Blessing.

Part Two presents a short discourse by the Rebbe.

Part Three concludes with a finale of hassidic songs
with the Rebbe's active participation. 

TV Interviews and Slideshows

South African TV Interview


Part One:



Part Two:

Slide-Show: Stones on Fire


Slideshow: Tzfassers:


Slideshow: 3-D Triptichs


Slideshow: Dialogues


Slideshow: Turnarounds (Hebrew/English)


Slideshow: 3-D Congealings


Slideshow:Mystic Turn-arounds




Link to excellent review in the Jerusalem Post:

Link to other reviews of exhibitions

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