The musical part of the piece combines parts from Isaiah's revelation (Is, 1, 2-17) and original text by Geffen. The sound physically constructs the visual as an orchestra performing a contemporary vision of an ancient testament of wrath and reproof. The profits voice radiates from the center speaker, the feminine chorus come out from two glossy sculptures in the shape of royal cat-goddesses, and the two matching vehicles boom the harsh beat. The combination between the old testament and cheap attractions and low bases, is a search for new words describing an old curse.
Collaboration with musician Rona Geffen
2 Peugeot 309, 2 smoke machines, 2 cat-figured sculptures with speakers build-in, 1 raw speaker; 3:24 in loop, surround; dimensions variable
Documentation: Yossi Breger, Ido Biran, Shaxaf Haber
Initially, Sand Blinded Eyes was exhibited in it's Hi-fi version with two luxurious Porsche-Boxter, at the International Biennial for Contemporary Music at Tel Aviv Museum of Art. It's Lo-fi version was exhibited at former Barzilay Club.
Isaiah 1 (2-15) – King James version:
"Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth:
for the LORD hath spoken,
Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more:
the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it;
but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores
they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire:
And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard,
as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city
Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom;
give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me?
I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts;
and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand?
Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me;
the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies,
I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth:
they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you:
yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear:
your hands are full of blood."
The chorus (sang by the helium girls, original text Rona Geffen):
Chains on ye legs
Blood on ye hands
Sand in ye eyes