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A recording of members of the Maha Vihara Buddhist temple in Birmingham, UK as part of "Prayer (Birmingham)" presented as part of the 2011 Fierce Festival.
Prayer is a multi-channel sound installation comprising recordings of prayer from all the religions in a specific city, broadcast simultaneously from 12 floor-based speakers.
Each speaker plays a separate, looped and unsynchronised, audio track, resulting in an ever-changing sound environment. Members of the audiences may choose to step on to the carpet, where they can wander freely through the installation, thus composing their own symphony of voices from all the speakers at once. Alternatively, they may kneel down to listen to particular prayers broadcast from an individual speaker. This more intimate way of listening introduces a highly symbolic visual dimension to the work.
The project is created in situ every time, and the prayers are collected from all the different religious groups operating in the host city. These have included, but are not limited to, most denominations of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism, as well as new religious movements and traditional, pre-Christian faiths.
Prayer is an on-going project that has, to date, been presented in South Africa, Denmark, Norway and the UK.