Interactive Kinetic Sculpture
The work was done in the context of the subject of the Golem, an exhibition and event curated by Sala Manca group and Hamaabada in 2006.
It consists of a wooden structure, in which mounted two aluminum discs attached to and changing the pace and direction of movement according to the distance of the observer from each. Between them is the electronic system and a source of light that allow to see the holes in the manually cuts of the discs. The discs have a black outer side and inner mirror. On one disc there is a cutting of text and on the second cutting of circles made out of small holes. The circle disc movement is in circular concentric circles while the speed and direction of rotation is determined by the distance of the viewer from the work. Approaching the disc increases the rotational speed and shift in the movement changes its direction. The text disc movement is kind of shaking or vibrating, different rhythms determined by the distance of the viewer from the disc and according to the nature and speed of movement. The text has on the disc forms a four faces entities that share one mouth. Each face is created out of letters and characters of one of four languages, Hebrew, Arabic, and clean (ancient European language) and the I Ching. One the center, inside their unified jaw, which is formed from an Ouroboros snake, appears the chrysalis, which is called Golem in Hebrew. Hebrew text seem at first glance as gibberish but actually has a meaning which is related in various ways to the experience of creativity, inspiration and encryption.
The idea of the Golem underlies the work, the desire to create an independent entity by using a notational system. It presents two parallel aspects, one abstract – geometric, creating an hypnotic experience, and other, textual – concrete system of coded characters that create the structure of a meaning. The text disc is an exploratory intricacies of Hebrew and Arabic, Vinca and the I Ching – the structure of letters forms, word combinations, sentences grammar and ideas behind the idioms form a relationship shaped out by the rays of light and invites curiosity and a desire to decipher. In correspondence to the viewer movements, the disc varying it’s degrees of tremor, which is then changes the focus of the gaze and produces movement between meaning into insignificance
Nose consists of the words: Patshegen – concept, the essence of an article, Argo – cryptograph, Chereg -flecks of sparkling light on dust in the air, Pticha- mixing, blending, Tzalhevet – Shine, lightning, Kadmai- archaic ,ancient, SchatzamHancal – acronym of the planets, the nostrils made out of Diya- gliding, and Hazaya – visionin. Eyes are created from Comolonimboos – cloud tower where lightning are created, and Tzirokomoloos (cloud of ice crystals and water), pupils are composed Al Gieba (Gamma leonis, a star in the constellation Leo) and Altair (a star in the constellation Aquila). The teeth are Eretz(might /sky poetic nickname) and Tzelef (whipping / hallucination). The ears are composed of sentences: left ear – Semaphore Stichi Betzalmon – Semaphore – traffic sign, Stichi – spontaneous processes – carried out by the forces of nature, Tzalmon – darkness, hell. Right ear – Klamboor Carbidi Bealaol, Klamboor – a play on words, carbide – compounds of metals and carbon, Aleol – wind storm. Arabic text contains phrases and proverbs which also related to those topics, but the meaning has been forgotten and will need to do a new study to find out what I wrote there. Vinca language and I Ching Readings offer other forms of interpreting signs. Vinca language is a language of the oldest European found their texts, it is composed of pictographs reminding the Azilian cave drawings and characters, but the meaning is unknown. Perhaps they were just “proto-writing” – meaning they convey a message but don’t encode language. I Ching language is a system of elementary signs that their composition creates a meaning which can give various interpretations and is used to analyze reality. I Ching signs created in the without knowing what they mean, but with attention to composition, arrangement and structure.
Electronic System: Amir Markovitch