Video Art: A Lamp of G-d is a Man's Soul


An important source of inspiration are Kabbalah teachings about the "lights", relating them to the Sephirot or emanations of the soul. Each of the modules is constructed with a special color scheme and visual dance which correlates to ideas about the specific Sephirot.


Light 8
Malchut
Kingdom
ת-נ
Brown
   Light 7       Yesod
Foundation
ש-נ
Green
Light 6
Hod
Praise
נ-ר
Orange
Light 5
Netzach
Victory
ק-נ
Purple
Light 4
Tiferet
Beauty

נ-צ
Yellow
Light 3
Gevurah
Severity

פ-נ
Red
Light 2
Chesed
Kindness
נ-ע
Blue
  Light 1
Bina
Intellect
נ-ס
Infra-Red


An added input is a meditation suggested by the great Safad kabbalist of the 15th century, the Holy Ari (Luria), which is to visualize in the flames upon lighting the candles each night a marriage or "zivug" of the letter nun
נ in the shamash, with the last eight letters of the Hebrew alphabet:
the first night
נ-ס, the second night נ-ע and so on. All of the eight consecutive combinations make a two-letter word in Hebrew (itself a rare occurrence). Somehow these two letter "words" do mysteriously appear in the modules and not because of any premeditation on my part.





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