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Israeli composer, producer, and songwriter Zoe Polanski presents the visual accompaniment to Ya'ar Bein Olamot (Forest Between Worlds), the first follow-up single to her full-length LP Violent Flowers released in July, 2020. Created in collaboration with Tel Aviv-based interdisciplinary artist Ruth Patir and with funding from the Mifal HaPais Council for the Culture and Arts, Polanski’s latest video pairs blooming surrealist textures and celestial landscapes with tender keys rippling in a body of oceanic warmth.
Ya'ar Bein Olamot’s newest form is a product of physical restriction and a shared appreciation for unbridled imagination. Patir and Polanski, friends and neighbors prior to lockdown, found themselves able to spend more time together living within the 100-meter limitation set by the Israeli government during quarantine. After countless late-night conversations about art, philosophy, and music, Polanski and Patir began conceptualizing visual interpretations for Violent Flowers’ most compelling instrumental piece. The final product speaks to Patir’s ability to draw out, develop, and successfully synthesize Polanski’s original intentions and creative instincts through a new medium:
“Ruth's video interpretation of Ya'ar Bein Olamot touches and expands the core idea we had in mind while producing the track: being present in a moment outside of time. Ya'ar Bein Olamot in Hebrew means forest between worlds, and the concept is taken from the book ‘The Magician's Nephew’. In the book, the forest between worlds is thick and dark, and there are small water ponds between the trees - portals to different worlds. Ruth succeeded to create that space, only not as a fantasy - but as something tangible. Her naked 3D environment is a true forest between worlds, conceptually speaking. It has the potential to be anything.”
Aesthetically, Patir landed on depicting wolves as the main character to the song’s narrative:
"Ruth's choice of the leading character is the only visual reference to a real forest - the wolf - which made us really happy. Maybe it's our love of dogs that allowed us to feel an immediate connection to it, even though it has a highly digitized lo-fi aesthetic. Some of the movements used when animating the wolves were inspired by the gallop of the centaurs in the film ‘Fantasia.’ Due to that, there is a naïve nature to their constant movement. We feel emotionally drawn to the wolves and their eternal gallop, and we hope the people who watch the video feel that too.
released February 25, 2021
Composed by Zoe Polanski
Produced by Zoe Polanski & Aviad Zinemanas
Mastered by Steve Kitch at Audiomaster in London
Cover photograph and video by Ruth Patir (ruthpatir.com)
Animation by Dean Ben-Uri
Design by Nicholas Concklin
Executive Produced by Nicholas Concklin & John Moses
Made with funding from the Mifal HaPais Council for the Culture and Arts