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Anna Drupka

MA work

WATER RITUAL

I see religion as a parallel reality. The world in itself which has certain rules to follow. It is a complete designed world, in itself. Most religions will include a prayer, meditation, fasting and food restriction for the well- being of the body and mind of its followers. Even with the differences between Islam, Judaism and Christianity; their hand gestures in rituals and prayers are quite similar. This led me to question if hand gestures inspired by religion, with the use of water as a medium, can bring me to a moment of contemplation, relief or calmness which is often achieved via prayer. I designed a repetitive hand movement, which was performed several times in Jerusalem with the participants of all of the above mentioned religions. All of these faiths have a very strong presence there. Jerusalem is the Holy City after all in Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

The rationale behind the developed sequence of movements is to experience a cross- section between all three religions. There is a commonality between them and I had decided to communicate that with the language of hand movements and with water as the medium.  The act is my tribute to all of the people which I had the chance to meet when I lived in the Middle East. That time and experiences are encapsulated in my performance.


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Communication

    Programme

    MA Information Experience Design, 2017

  • I am a Polish artist who has lived abroad since 2008. Originally a textile designer,  I now design atmospheres and experiences with a focus on research. My final project is based on my experience living in Jerusalem and focuses on the connection between religious faith (i.e. Islam, Judaism and Christianity) and virtual reality, theorised as other realities.

  • Degrees

  • BA Textile Design, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, 2014
  • Exhibitions

  • Information Experience Design, Ha Miffal, Jerusalem 2017; Memories of the Future, Machines Room, London 2015; Young Talents, Art'otel, Amsterdam 2014