Yaakov Bahrav

טקסט על הפרויקט
סגור טקסט

Not in the Earthquake

The first appearance of the Hebrew word "Ra'ash", which means both "earthquake" and "noise", in the Holy Book coincides with Elijah's final appearance on the stage of biblical history: "and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake."

God appeared before Elijah in the wind and the fire but God was not in them.

In my life, and particularly in this work, I am fascinated by the disparity between silence-noise and voice-muteness and excited by the fantasy of fusing them together. As such a fantasy, the artwork invites its guests to sit at the table, listen to the audio of the piece, touch its dishes, and look at its heart and soul from several perspectives on different levels.

The audio is comprised of two layers: 1. A Purim lesson taught by the head of the Yeshiva I attended at the time, Rabbi Moshe Bleicher; lessons which for me, constituted spiritual ecstasy. 2. Techno music, minimalist and clean, ecstatic and meditative in its nature.

During the installation I will examine the relationship between religious ecstasy which listens to the tumultuous Word of God, and musical ecstasy that listens to the gushing sound of life.