Shrine to the Black Nazareth

This interactive video sculpture features a video projection of news footage of the Feast of the Black Nazareth in Quiapo, Manila, Philippines. The yearly feast brings over three million pilgrims to the Quiapo marketplace to kiss the sacred figure of a black Jesus during its procession from one church to another. The pilgrimage can be a dangerous one, and people risk being trampled on by the enormous, writhing mass of devotees, just to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene.

The sculpture is made of found objects, representing a street shrine in memory of those who have risked their lives for their faith and beliefs. The video projection is controlled by a light sensor, and the frame rate of the video is increased by the amount of light in the shrine. The more candles added to the shrine, the more frenetic and frenzied the crowds in the video become. The interaction illustrates and embodies both the beauty and horror of devotion.

Video, Projection, Interactive