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June 04, 2015

Prayer Time

Text by Huzan Tata

In Spain this week? Catch Fabien Charuau’s video installation at the LOOP Fair in Barcelona

If you’ve ever wondered what you’ve looked like while praying, here’s a peek at it. Fabien Charuau, known for his art and photography works, has on display a video installation, Been Seen Trying, at the LOOP Video Art Fair in Barcelona, Spain.

Presented by Mumbai gallery Chatterjee & Lal, the room-wide installation includes pixelated images of a crowd at prayer. With footage sourced from online darshans or prayer ceremonies, Charuau then uses face recognition software to project individual faces onto a glass pane.

Says the artist about his fascinating creation, ‘…preoccupation of my research is to make sense in this digital age of the profusion of images generated every single second by humans and machines. I have found and identified images that survive and float on top of this tsunami…the auto-generation of images through the Internet or modern visual technologies is fascinating and, for me, very spiritual. I posit that visual machines have an inherent poetry, the sheer pressure of the statistics helps to reveal it.’

Been Seen Trying is on display at the LOOP Video Art Fair, Spain (Space 24, Hotel Catalonia Ramblas, Barcelona) till June 6, 2015.

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