New Deity is an interactive installation featuring a technological altar for the supreme deity of the digital age. As religious... Read More
New Deity is an interactive installation featuring a technological altar for the supreme deity of the digital age. As religious communities shift online, the traditional notion of gods blurs, and the sacredness and rituals essential to believers' faith wane. Consequently, congregations treat machines as all-powerful gods, while the blending of religious images in cyberspace leads to a chaotic integration of various faiths. The new deity represents a fusion of transitioning gods from diverse core religions, cults, and pagan beliefs, displayed on a cluster of screens. Audience members engage by praying at the altar and receiving a personalized blessing script from the new deity. Generated by machine learning techniques such as StyleGAN and GPT, the content effectively captures and combines the essence of different religious symbols, images, and texts. New Deity新神 offers a thought-provoking exploration of technology's impact on the nature of belief, inviting viewers to contemplate the evolving landscape of faith in our connected world.