Data Prayer

Data Prayer, Festival DIGITALE – Digital Gods - Düsseldorf,  2018
Data Prayer, Festival DIGITALE – Digital Gods - Düsseldorf, 2018
  • Data Prayer, Festival DIGITALE – Digital Gods - Düsseldorf,  2018
  • Data Prayer, acoustic incense burner of binary code
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Data Prayer

Digital Gods - Festival Digitale

Düsseldorf 2018

The presentation of the sound window with its Gothic pointed arch and the artistic attribute of the acoustic incense burner noisily focuses on the "Digital Gods" and stimulates the audience to a critical distance of society's belief in technology through music. The rectangular space in front of the data sound window is delimited as if for prayer. A rustling incense burner swings back and forth in front of the object.

The church window, used in the mysticism of the Middle Ages as a medium for visualizing religious legends, was implanted from the sacred site into the artistic context in order to combine rituals and signs of both seemingly separate environments.

Analogous to the overflow of immense masses of data from music, pictures or videos, a white noise is generated on some circuit boards by means of a pseudo-random generator, in that impulses of the sequence of ones and zeros of the binary code are put in series on the window and connected to a loudspeaker coil.

Then the flood of data is slowed down from noise to stochastic pulses to fade away on the surface of the data sculpture in soft, nuanced rhythms.

The acoustic incense burner expands the space with a rising and falling sound, drawing a concave arc in the space in front of the object and at the same time showing the prayer text on displays. A litany of randomly triggered invocations of the anti-algorithm conjures up the favour of the "Digital Gods".