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Temple of Vowels
Atelierhaus im Anscharpark, Haus 8, Kiel, Germany, 2015
Temple of Vowels, 2015
The video installation is inspired by the liturgy of the Orthodox Church. It is a circular composition that emphasizes the position of the priests during this specific ceremony. Additionally the light is used in such manner that induces the idea of a candle light, candles that are used often in the ceremonies of the Orthodox Church, as a symbol of purity. People light candles as part of a ritual that emphasizes on the memory of the dead one and at the same time they pray for their beloved ones. In the videos seven vowel of the Albanian alphabet (A, E, Ë, I, O, U, Y) are sung by 7 men so that the space is veiled in a strong sound that resembles the Orthodox liturgy. Furthermore, the sound is also resembling an old Albanian traditional music Polifonia Labe, which is a form of a cappella and uses the same vowels. As the rhythm continues, their chorus rises in a temple of brotherhood, inducing a strange state of meditation, and showing how language can have different connotations, and as a vast territory of interpretation it can also become an abstract, illegible and without logic.
Loop (various times)
Video, color, sound, aspect ratio 4:3
7-channel video and sound installation
Many thanks for their performance:
Daniel Rosca, Christian Vogel, Maxim Brandt, Iyad Dayoub,
Johannes Buller, Sascha Gremmel, Vangjush Vellahu
Many thanks for the great support of: Ioana Mitrea