Hilbert Space

Hilbert Space


Hilbert Space (10 min. 2011) – is a single channel video performance about grief, memory and our ongoing relationship with the dead.    Music: Morton Feldman

“In the world of pure mathematics, Hilbert space is a theoretical space of unlimited or infinite dimensions. It is the basis for quantum mechanics and the study of thermodynamics. My father was a mathematician and his specialty was Hilbert space.”

VCCA Performance – June, 2011:   https://vimeo.com/24528653

The installation utilizes a 12’ x 12’ silk screen suspended overhead onto which video is projected. The screen is manipulated by the performer using cables, making the images float and distort above the audience.


Exploring grief as a liminal space, Hilbert Space draws imagery from traditional Jewish mourning practices, mathematical formulas, images of weather, disintegration and empty household spaces. As the silk rises, the screen becomes the body lifted up into a space of infinite dimensions.




Berlin performance:    https://vimeo.com/29557642








photos: JM Casbarian



Hamburg Internationales Kurz Film Festival – June 3 – June 8, 2013:










photos: Wolf Schmidt, Peter Fischer




Ex-Ground Festival, Wiesbaden – November 27, 2013:










photos: JL McNutt



Virgina Center for the Creative Arts – June 22, 2011:









photos: Medford Taylor

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