Comprising eight monitors and three big screens, Eder Santos’ video installation Oremos was intended to create an electronic church. The sidewalls of the church’s nave were composed of four metal columns (two on each side), built using scaffoldings, with eight monitors attached onto them, representing the stages in the Passion of Christ. The monitors continuously showed footage of the material elements used in the video. The nave’s ceiling was composed of two big screens facing downward and located between the sidewalls. These screens were turned on during the third part of the video, named “Global Vision,” an analogy with the images commonly seen on baroque church ceilings.
Essay Eder Santos
Aos deuses, os sentimentos To gods, the feelings
Aos humanos, as imagens To humans, the images
É como profundo pensar As though immersed in deep thoughts
Que anunciamos a cerimônia em vídeo We announce the video ceremony
De pedra, lamas e flores Of stone, mud and flowers
De batimentos e slows Of beats and slows
Como que tomadas, as pessoas se ligam As if possessed, the people turn themselves on
E rezam ao som dos monitores And pray to the sound of monitors
Sentados na igreja voltamo-nos para cima Sitting in church we look up
E com o pensar oramos a Deus: And in our thoughts we pray to God:
A Deus que nos deu as nuvens e os telões To God who gave us clouds and big screens
os vídeos projetores a cores. the color video projectors.
A Deus que nos deu o telão maior. To God who gave us the bigger screen.
A Deus que nos deu sintonia fina. To God who gave us fine tuning.
E por carregamento (loading) vemos os And through loading we see the
Ritos e Expressão. Rites and Expression
E joga na bandeira And dance upon the flag
Oi joga na bandeira Hey dance upon the flag
Oi joga fogueira Hey dance upon the fire
Oi roda Pomba Gira Hey spin around Pomba Gira
Oi pega na bandeira Hey grab the flag
Atira a primeira pedra Cast the first stone
Aquele que já passou He who has already passed
Oi roda a roda girou Hey turn the circle the circle has turned
Põe fogo na roda oi Set fire to the circle hey
Oi joga na fogueira ô Hey dance upon the fire ho
Arrebenta assim o Rosário Break the Rosary
E por carregamento (loading) And through loading
Rito e Expressão Rite and Expression