Vangjush Vellahu

Temple of Vowels, Vangjush Vellahu
Temple of Vowels, Vangjush Vellahu
Temple of Vowels, Vangjush Vellahu

Temple of Vowels, 2015


The video installation is inspired by the liturgy of the Orthodox Church, it`s a circular composition that emphasizes the position of the priests during this specific ceremony. Additionally the light is used in such a 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 the 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 resemblance the Orthodox liturgy. Furthermore the sound is resembling as well an old Albanian traditional music Polifonia Labe, which is a form of A Capella and uses the same vowels. Their chorus rises in a temple of brotherhood, inducing a strange state of meditation, as the rhythm continues. Language can have different connotations and is a vast territory of interpretation but it can also become an abstract language illegible and without logic. The installation is constructed in a circle form and the viewer regards the whole installation from the middle of it.



Loop, Various Times

Multi-Channel HD-Video Color and Sound Installation

 Aspect ratio 4:3



Daniel Rosca, Christian Vogel, Maxim Brandt, Iyad Dayoub,

Johannes Buller, Sascha Gremmel, Vangjush Vellahu

Support: Ioana Mitrea