2014: Light in Winter Festival, Federation Square (Australia)
2014: Village Festival, Edinburgh Gardens (Australia)
Concept, Creation, Performance: Renae Shadler | Visual Collaborator: Arie Glorie, Eleanor Lindberg | Siri Spirits: Rebecca Jensen, Emily Ranford, David Maney, Joel Checkley, Aidan Min
Premiered at Light in Winter Festival: Federation Square, Melbourne 2014, supported by Platform Youth Theatre.
Is your phone filled with images of loved ones, pets, good times?
Is your phone the keeper of important, reflective texts?
Is your phone in a shiny bejeweled case?
Is your phone a light source?
Is your phone an extension of you?
Is your phone your PERSONAL SHRINE?
Phone Shrine is an interactive performance installation investigating western society’s relationship with smart phones. At Phone Shrine audiences are invited to worship the fictional Siri demigod by sending a text message (homage) that then activates the installation cuing the performers (Siri spirits) to alternate through a sequence of repetitive ritualistic movements.
‘Shadler stresses the significance of shrines regardless of one’s religious beliefs. “If we don’t have that religious connection in our everyday lives, what are the substitutes? If we were to have a modern-day religion, what would it be and what does contemporary lifestyle offer us?” she says.’
Read the Broadsheet Feature Article: Pay homage to Siri the demigod of telecommunications