Devotion involves the recitation of a devotional poem written by the artist while electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) actuates the ringing of a small brass bell with increasing speed and force.
This piece uses technology to augment the religious: EMS allows the artist to ring the bell more rapidly than naturally possible, and the painful aspect of its actuation serves as a way to enhance the devotional quality of the recitation, referencing common modes of piety in Himachali Shaivite Hinduism. Devotion instantiates a radical vision of technologically-enhanced prayer.
Exhibited at Purification Ritual, Chicago: 3/15/2019.
Exhibited at Zimmerli Art Museum (NOFLASH Video Show), New Brunswick: 5/3/2019-5/5/2019.
Exhibited at Commiserate Chicago, Chicago: 2/29/2020-3/2/2020.