Counter to Type
(2014): a video about the making of my artist's project, "Counter to Type," for the Spring 2014 issue of Art Journal (a College Art Association quarterly). Posted in July 2014.
(2009): a collaborative project with Shalom Gorewitz. I did the words and performance; he proposed the project and did the videography, sound and editing. The video was for the Cultural Heritage Artists Project exhibition at the John Slade Ely House in New Haven, CT, December 2009-January 2010. The exhibition brought attention to the abandoned Orchard Street Shul - the historic New Haven synagogue in the video - and it kickstarted fundraising for the building's restoration and the community's revitalization.
(2004): "Quiet!" was a proposal for a sound installation for Eastern State Penitentiary, an abandoned prison in Philadelphia which hosts art projects. The Quaker prison was designed to give inmates a chance to "reform" through solitary confinement in cells with skylights: the sunlight was supposed to inspire revelation and transformation. In practice, the goal of quiet contemplation was not achieved; the cellblocks were noisy. This installation aimed to engage that contradiction of sound and its longed-for absence: visitors would be surrounded by (anxious, gentle, etc.) urgings toward silence ("sh!").
(1998; recorded 2016): "Listen" is an a cappella song to help prevent date rape: it can be sung by anyone at anytime. It tries to be encouraging: it humanizes difficult, intimate situations without sensationalizing or demonizing, and offers concrete guidelines for healthy, respectful relations. "Listen" was created in 1998 for Take Back the Night at the University of Pennsylvania; it now serves as an alternative to Lady Gaga's "'Til It Happens to You." As of this year it is available on the national Take Back the Night website and through Reveal Heal. I've also sent it (free) to colleges, sex ed programs and radio stations.