For the Prayers project, part of the 2009 Jerusalem Show: Jerusalem Syndrome, ten performers take a one-hour walk in different representative parts of the Old City of Jerusalem on a given day, each at a different time. During those walks, each performer records an exhaustive, uninterrupted description of what he/she sees, hears, smells, feels… in an impersonal manner, avoiding all judgment of value, all personal comments, and never interfering with the reality being described, and never stopping. It is important that passersby realize that they are thus becoming part of a narrative structure, being described by the performer and their description being recorded. The resulting ten one-hour long audio tracks, will be later placed on an Internet site, and can be combined by the viewer/listener to create a sort of uninterrupted “prayer”, somehow reproducing the complexity of the experience of the city.
Dora García (Valladolid, 1965) studied Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca, Spain, and the Rijkakademie in Amsterdam, Holland. She lives and works in Barcelona. Dora García uses the exhibition space as platform to investigate the relationship between the visitor, the artwork, and place. To this end the artist often draws on interactivity and performance. Through minimal changes, not encroaching on the space, the room is converted into a sensory experience, with each visitor leaving it again with his or her perceptions altered, or at the very least perhaps with a degree of skepticism. By engaging with Dora García's work we develop a sense to begin reading even the smallest signs as possible signifiers. The artist engages herself with the question of what is real and what is fiction, and thus visitors become protagonists in a fiction: sometimes knowingly, sometimes not.
More information can be found on her website.