The fire, the prayer and the forest
Light installation, 12m 15s loop, 2014
In a Hasidic story from the 19th century, whenever misfortune would fall unto his people, a rabbi would go to a special place in the forest, light a fire, and say a prayer. A miracle would happen and the people would be saved.
Over the generations, this knowledge was lost bit by bit - at first we could no longer light the fire, than we did not know the prayer, and finally we couldn't even find the place in the forest.
The last paragraph of the story,
"I am unable to light the fire, and I do not know the prayer; I cannot even find the place in the forest. All I can do is tell the story, and this must be enough.' And it was enough"
was manually communicated in Hebrew Morse code with a flash light, and then transcribed verbatim including any inconsistencies. The transcription was then programmed into the light bulb.