Film & Video
A REFLECTION ON THE NATURE OF HAPPINESS | Gilah Yelin Hirsch | TEDxThimphu 2015
COSMOGRAPHY: THE WRITING OF THE UNIVERSE
…traces the evolution of a series of interrelated ideas which Gilah Yelin Hirsch has studied over a period of twenty-five years. Lengthy sojourns in wilderness, augmented by world travels, have expanded her vision and the pool of information contributing to a theory on the origin of the alphabet as based in pattern in nature. Hirsch’s multidisciplinary approach spans the realms of art, philosophy, psychology, theology, psychoneuroimmunology, spirituality and global culture.
COSMOGRAPHY explores the relationship of form to emotion – how images are stimulated and how they affect the physiology of the viewer: the nature of perception and cognition – how the human mind makes sense of what it perceives and why; how all alphabets may have stemmed from five patterns in nature which mirror the neurons and neural processes of the perceptual apparatus; and how indigenous cultures utilize these forms in healing techniques because of their power to catalyze a sense of physical and emotional harmony.
Through the vehicles of painting, photography and innovative experimental video effects, the discovery process is brought to life so that the viewer participates experientially in the creative journey of the artist.
The unusual visual qualities of COSMOGRAPHY were developed in collaboration with editor Eric Marin. In addition to his editing of documentary and feature films, he has also directed and edited his own prize-winning documentaries, including Lou Harrison: Cherish, Conserve, Consider, Create.
There is always something thrilling when the laser of human intelligence succeeds in focusing itself in such a way that another hidden code of the universe is suddenly uncovered. Hirsch’s discovery teaches us much about the congruence of human consciousness and the natural world, that is to say, the congruence of mind and matter, of natural systems and mental constructs. Through Hirsch’s extraordinary perception, we experience the world truly as a Moebious strip, continuous ever and always with itself: the mirroring of relational patterns and DNA strands that interact, metabolize and weave alphabets from butterflies’ wings until the life of nature and the nature of life are seen to emerge from the same elemental ideogram, and we are all, as Hirsch says, part of the same substance. The intuitive scope, the imaginative reach, of this video is no less than breathtaking. It is absolutely crucial that we understand its message of oneness and its principle of interconnection so that we experience intimately how things fit together. I see this project as a significant contribution to the new, emerging discipline of deep ecology. – Suzi Gablik, critic/author of The Reenchantment of Art, and Has Modernism Failed?
Not only is the artistry fantastic, but her insight is pure genius – the quality people rarely encounter even once in a lifetime. – Carolyn Myss, author of Anatomy of the Soul
Gilah Yelin Hirsch, artist, Professor of Art at CSUDH and proponent of therapeutic art, introduces a short video of muralists working on a mural before the project installation in the OB/GYN and PEDIATRICS wards of the Watts Health Center.
READING THE LANDSCAPE
A 25-minute innovative, multi-cultural, multilingual, animated film for kids of all ages.
Conceived and directed by Gilah Yelin Hirsch, Reading the Landscape has a projected release date of December 2016.
She’s discovered a back road into the imagination that, unless you have a guide, you ain’t never gonna find this trail… We must constantly look at life in a different way – Gilah’s new film will most certainly empower young people to look at our wonderous world in different, highly creative ways. – Steve Price, CBS News
Reading the Landscape is a multicultural, multilingual, innovative, animated, 25 minute educational film for kids of all ages. This film, which has been in development for 10 years, will be available for distribution to schools, educational TV, and to individuals worldwide.
Almost 60 parents and kids of 23 ethnicities and languages gathered for the live film shoot of Reading the Landscape at Heaven Lake in Franklin National Recreation Area. The participants will become the “cast” of the animated sequences which will take us on journeys to various indigenous homes in 12 countries.
The opening live sequence focuses on the commonality of the origin of all alphabets, stemming from 5 patterns in nature which mirror the shapes of neurons and neural processes of perception and cognition. This theory was discovered and developed by producer/director Gilah Yelin Hirsch in the early 1980s and became the subject of her first film, Cosmography: The Writing of the Universe. She has presented this theory at science and science of consciousness conferences worldwide.
The making of Reading the Landscape was catalyzed by veteran Los Angeles teacher, Karen Comegys, who viewed Cosmography: The Writing of the Universe, in the late 1990s. Comegys suggested that a film be made for kids which transmitted some of the ideas in the first film. Hence, the birth of Reading the Landscape.
This innovative half hour film is funded by grants from the CLASS Foundation (Colorado), California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation, Panavision, as well as many private donations from various countries. As required by the CLASS Foundation, this film will be pre and post tested for teaching efficacy of at least 10 objectives at schools which will vary demographically in age, ethnicity, and socioeconomics. Data will be collected, published and reported at education conferences. As this film is neither language nor culture specific, it will be immediately useable worldwide.
It is hoped that the positive experience of both participation in the film and ultimately viewing the film, will stimulate greater understanding of our relation to nature, and will engender greater empathy towards all aspects of other cultures. Reading the Landscape demonstrates that cultural diversity significantly embellishes our lives with the beauty, uniqueness of language, lineage and tradition. The film simultaneously shows that at fundamental neuronal and emotional levels we are universally more alike than we are different.