28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Next Year in Jerusalem (Homage to Rabbi Löw)

Next Year in Jerusalem (Homage to Rabbi Löw)

director: Michael Bielický
original title: Next Year in Jerusalem (Homage to Rabbi Löw)
country: Germany
year: 1988
running time: 6 min.


Rabbi Löw was not only a prominent Kabbalist and alchemist of seventeenth century Prague but also a prophet of new visual media and cybernetics. Bielický’s video composition evokes a world seen through the eyes of Kabbalah. Flowing water merging with television static symbolizes the process of birth, movement, deviation, and the passage of time.


Michael Bielický is a Prague native who has lived in Germany since 1969. He belongs to the generation of visual artists from the 1980s who adopted video as their medium. He has created single-channel works, installations, and video sculptures that make use of a television signal. His artistic conception combines information technology with magic, Kabbalah, and the history of cinema. In 1991 he co-founded the School of New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, which he led until 2006. He is now a professor and the head of the Department of New Media at HfG Karlsruhe.

more about film

director: Michael Bielický
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas