religion ?

I’ve been recently working with Mart Quileri on a video installation about religion.

Our project is based on how people react when it comes to define or describe their own or other people’s religions. We started the project looking at how people experience religion on a daily basis and how is difficult to classify their own believes.

We got strongly inspired by artists who based their work on religious concepts and questions, like Maja Bajeciv and Gregor Scheider, and have the ability to combine concepts with strong visual images. Their work is relate to our methodology of work in a sense that we work more visually, and this fact allowed us to experiment with ideas for a  installation rather than for a performance.

We explored the fact that extreme religious people don’t normally understand other opinions as they are too focused on their own life’s and truths, and this is very common on a daily basis; once you are too concentrated on your own reality you will never be able to listen and understand other point of view.

We explored the classification of religion into symbols and how people can normally describe symbols. We did experiments to be able to better analyse the subject, and from these experiments our project could develop a lot easier and faster.

By the answers we’ve got, most of the people of our age said they don’t believe in any religion at all or even in God; we found this result very interesting and we started wondering if because people cannot describe their believes and classify it into one already established religion, they find it easier to say that they don’t believe in anything at all.

A form of showing these conclusions into an art work was to develop a video installation with 2 people from different backgrounds, cultural, language and religion based, each one in one TV trying to communicate with each other speaking their own languages only, and explaining their believes to each other.

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