Intermedia Art

New Media, Sound and Performance

Blessed Bandwidth  2003

Shilpa Gupta

Shilpa Gupta's Blessed Bandwidth
Image from Shilpa Gupta's Blessed Bandwidth project 2003

Shilpa Gupta's invites visitors to log on, choose a religion and get blessed. After selecting from a range of faiths, visitors can view photographs and video of the artist visiting the relevant place of worship with a network cable which she asked to have blessed by the priest or authority. The website also offers its users the chance to receive their own blessings online and provides a certificate to mark the occasion. acts as a space for visitors to reflect on religion and its role in a world that is often divided by faith. The site juxtaposes real and virtual worlds and encourages visitors to consider how these worlds might overlap and merge.

This net art commision is optimised for a PC, windows 95 (or later) platform and MS IE browser.

Blessed Bandwidth has received financial assistance from the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology

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Text by Johan Pijnappel on the latest net art piece from Shilpa Gupta, in which she uses the medium to reflect on and intervene in activities and issues affecting global society.