Science and religion haven’t ever really been best buds, but according to Lukas Franciszkiewicz, that doesn’t mean that religion can’t utilize the advancements of science and the technology it puts at our fingertips. Franciszkiewicz’s Faith Condition links the two disparate ideologies, drawing similarities between the two based on the faith we place in them.
And it’s true, isn’t it? Most people who rely on technology don’t understand how it actually works. Rather, we just trust that someone does know how it works and that we can just continue using it, and it will keep getting better and better. In a sense, programmers and technologists are the new clergy. Not buying it? Let’s see if Franciszkiewicz’s work can inspire that sentiment.
The main piece consists of white paneled altar built for kneeling and a camera fixed to a tripod. The camera provides an objective, disembodied view of the world to remind us not only of our own subjectivity, but of our dependence on technological devices in order to do something as seemingly simple as viewing the world objectively.
One of his previous pieces (above) is a little less abstract—a pair of goggles that show you the view captured by a camera a few feet behind you. While the apparatus looks more like a torture device than a spiritual tool, it is the only sure shot way of having an out-of-body experience, aside from finding some kind of enlightenment of course, although that’s impossible to prove.
It’s hard to tell if Franciszkiewicz is trying to reconcile technology and faith, or if he’s mocking one or both of them, but the important thing is the consideration these pieces invoke. It’s about time the robot god and the actual god engaged in a symbolic high five.
[via Creative Applications]