"Criss~Crossing The Divine" Guild Hall Museum Documentary 2014 Nina~Yankowitz

This interactive installation was motivated by the ever-expanding religious intolerance that fuels violence and global wars. Playing the team’s interactive games acknowledges that as the world turns, our personal perspectives change and accordingly what we search to find within the scriptures shifts.
Project description: nyartprojects.com/Criss~Cross/Criss~Crossing_The_Divine_N_Yankowitz.pdf

"Criss~Crossing The Divine"

CRISS~CROSSING THE DIVINE attends to the ever-expanding religious intolerance that fuels violence and global wars. Nina Yankowitz’ multi-faith sanctuary empowers people to be in personal dialogue with 46,000 scriptures from five diverse Faiths: The Old Testament, The New Testament, The Quran, The Hindu Rig Vedas, and Buddhist texts. 
Playing the team’s interactive games acknowledges that as the world turns, our personal perspectives change and accordingly what we search to find in the scriptures shifts. 
A performance of robotic mannequin devotees representing one of the five faith’s expresses a quintessential gesture to converse with “The Other” like actors onstage inside of the video projecting on a wall. 
The scenario depicts a world infested with religious intolerance perpetually causing ‘HOUSES OF WORSHIP’ 
to become ‘HOUSES OF WARSHIP’ shattering all shelters of faith.
 With interactive wands, the participant curates topics and assigns more or less importance to each topic-word they select and later visit our dedicated website to learn from which religions their color-coded search-results originated.
 The goal is to discover new perspectives found from the individual’s quest, ad infinitum and with no amen. This insures that searching scriptures can never settle into a permanent groove.

Links to other projects and articles: nyartprojects.com/content/links2012.pdf