Calling attention to the ecology and concerns relating to physical, emotional, psychological historical and environmental disaster, Eicha: The Book of Lumenations takes as its jumping off point the Biblical Eicha, The Book of Lamentations, which sing the dirges of mourning, and laments the destruction of both Temples and Jerusalem. Tracking through desolation, misery, hope, lament and prayer (repentance and recovery), the 5-part suite homophonically re-situates the original text to the horrors and hope of the present moment.
Through a luminous, voluminous threading of light, Eicha highlights how darkness is a form of light, how the swirling fragmentation of text and bifurcated, shadowed identity mirror an ever-disintegrating environment, and speaks to aspects of hope and recovery in an otherwise fraught time.
The entire text was recently published in Ærotomania, The Book of Lumenations, (Lavender Ink, New Orleans, 2023), and this multidisciplinary translation of a translation includes shards of the original Hebrew Eicha text, bifurcated, fragmented and palimpsested language covid maps, election stats, and shards of alchemical cosmographies, topographies of memory, meaning, eros and being.
The video was created and performed by Karasick, music composed and performed by composer and trumpet player, Sir Frank London, with vispo by Jim Andrews, Jim Leftwich and Daniel F. Bradley. Eicha 2,3 and 4 were created by Italian filmmaker, Igor Imhoff.
Directed by Adeena Michelle Karasick (USA)