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MACHINA RELIGINA 2.0
SHENKAR COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN RAMAT GAN
AMNON DEKEL

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Machina Religina 2.0 is a critique of the modern compulsion to see computers and technology as replacements for inner spiritual needs, knowledge and religion. A Portable prayer box, including a confessional chamber, candles, matches and volume knob, serves as the focal point. Interaction with the piece is driven by measuring light levels in the box (via the number, location and timing of candles lit), by the audio volume and by the use of stochastic algorithms that merge the data. A search algorithm and parser that take into account the light levels and the motion of kneeling participants make the selection of the presented video and audio.

Analog illustration: Merav Salomon
Programing: Yair Reshef

AMNON DEKEL, PhD. Cyber-Artist, Computer Scientist, Psychologist, Programmer, Entrepreneur, ex-Air Traffic Controller. Amnon has been working with digital technology since 1980 (when he got his first Sinclair Z80 computer). He currently serves as the chairperson of the department of software engineering at the Shenkar College of Engineering, Design & Art where he pushes engineers, designers and artists to work together.