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).
(2009): a collaborative project with Shalom Gorewitz. I improvised the words and performance; he proposed the project and did the videography, sound and editing. The video was shown the Cultural Heritage Artists Project exhibition at the John Slade Ely House in New Haven, CT, December 2009-January 2010. The exhibition was to benefit the abandoned Orchard Street Shul - the historic New Haven synagogue in the video - and it motivated fundraising for the building's restoration and the community's revitalization.
(2004): "Quiet!" was a proposal for a sound installation for Eastern State Penitentiary, a former prison in Philadelphia which hosts art projects. The Quaker prison was designed to encourage inmates to "reform" through solitary confinement in cells with skylights: ideally the sunlight would inspire revelation and transformation. In practice, the goal of quiet contemplation was not achieved; the cellblocks were noisy, and many isolated inmates went insane. 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 offer hope and interpersonal skills, without sentimentality or sensationalization. "Listen" was created in 1997 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." In 2016 the song was posted to 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.