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God Name

An attempt to describe the indescribable meta-name of God through collecting all names of God used in the Bible. This Name can’t be read or written; one is only able to see It like an image of verbal space of God who is The Word. The Church Fathers call the Name of God a key to the gates of heaven.

By this Name hath the world been converted, the tyranny dissolved, the devil trampled on, the heavens opened. (John Chrysostom) The names of God, including the sacral tetragrammaton, are mere symbolic projections of transcendent to immanent, are mere touches of the God, are sun rays that cast away darkness like lightning, they dazzle a man and allow no closer look. They are schematic imprint of Godly in human. (archfr. Sergiy Bulgakov) The very word “Orthodoxy” contains an idea of constant glorification of god. Orthodox hymns and prayers always include glorification of the Name of God, be it morning, daily, or evening services. For instance, the second morning prayer of Matins ends with the following phrase: “For blessed and glorified is your all-honoured and majestic name, of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit now and for ever, and to the ages of ages.” “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” (Proverbs 18:10) “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” (Revelation 3:12) “…he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.” (Revelation 19:12) “And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.” (Revelation 22:4) “And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.” (Matthew 12:21) “In my name shall they cast out devils”. (Mark 16:17) “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.” (Matthew 21:9) “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13)

The composition made of God’s name in this visual-poetic installation is subject to constant changes in real time, no repeats ever.

Notice. I’ve read several comments from people who’ve never actually saw the work: they elaborated on the commonplaceness of using “cloud of tags.” I have to say that the graphical design of the work was completed in 2003 when the Internet was totally “cloudless”. The first cloud of tags online appeared on Flickr in 2004. Hence, formally, the priority of invention is mine. My tags turned out to be poetic. Since all the Names of God are equal, I’ve made them appear to be of the same length. As the result, the simpler Name is (the less sounds it has), the more weight it appears to have.

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