Now here’s something impressive that I picked up while reading the Wired magazine at the beach last month and thought is worth writing about (even though it’s hopelessly delayed by now). According to this story, one of the windows in the Cologne cathedral which was destroyed in WWII is to be (and now has been) replaced by an adapted coloured glass art installation by contemporary German artist Gerhard Richter. The window will basically resemble pixel static from one of those classic (or perhaps I should say traditional) 8-bit computer games!
The technology aspect of the cathedral is obvious to everyone, both to those inside it and those looking at it from outside. In fact, the tech streak is so characteristic and explicit that everyone, even older ages (which are usually not so involved with technology) will be subject to it – in fact that is the point! As such, it can be considered a unique and robust bond between the online and offline life, a focal point. And taking the connection one step further, if we assume that surfing is a way of living online and experiencing the cyberspace, then that huge piece of coloured glass is, in a sense, a monument of divinity for that part of life. Especially given that there are no places of worship of any kind online. Not yet at least…
So far religiousness comes online mainly in the form of mock fantasy worship or even online-game Christian worship. Plus, some people are incorporating technology into their religious daily life while others have already written extensively about how the two are blending into one. And even though (or perhaps because) some of us spend a considerable time of our lives online, we fail to realise that tech is becoming god. We can pray, worship and confess. If so, what is left sacred?tags: analysis
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