Video Installation/Collaboration/Book & CD Covers
OTHERLAND is a collaboration being developed between visual artist Benny Ferdman, Yiddish singer/composer Michael Alpert & Ukrainian bandurist/singer Julian Kytasty which combines a series of art installations on a California mountain trail with musical, spoken word and movement compositions. Thru the lens of their respective traditions and the complex, intertwined history of Jews & Eastern Europe, the artists will lead participants on a journey through culture, nature, transplantation and multiple identities in the dramatic meeting place of cityscape and wildness that the diverse Los Angeles area embodies. The installation and video, In the Sack of the Wind (below) is the first experimental piece, exhibited at American Jewish University, Los Angeles in 2010. It reflects on the poem by the great Yiddish poet, Avraham Sutzkever.
In the Sack of the Wind
Installation and presentation at American Jewish University, Celebrating Sutzkever, 2010
Art in Books/CD's/Publications
Book Cover Illustration, Holy War in Judaism, by Reuven Firestone, Click here for full image
Sh'ma magazine, The Jewish House: Garage: Workshop, Archive, Geniza
Cover art work and images in liner notes for CD Night Songs From a Neighboring Village, Michael Alpert & Julian Kytasty. Youtube video link to Nightsongs full CD, with artwork.