"Pray for our souls" was evoked by a dream sometime after the death of my father. A dream about longing, about absence, emptiness and the irreversibility of death, about the way it leaves an indelible mark on each one of us, turning us into a different kind of animal, destined to never abandon our dead, resistant to the possibility that they may abandon us.
The name for this Project came to me from the expression commonly used to refer to the lost of human lives. I chose, in particularly, these words because I find them respectful and delicate as everything referring to death must be.
Every self-conscious human being, is the aware of the inevitability of death, his own and of the others. However we live in a society that denies, not just the process of aging, the decay of the body and the mind, but death itself. As individuals we refuse to address the topic of death, despite, being, together with the process of birth, the one thing we all, have in common.
This project intends to address this subject, through artistic and technological mechanisms that incorporate and, hopefully, transcend humanity, to reveal and reflect on the most intimate sentiment of pain, loss, relief, sadness, justice or injustice, whatever the feeling may be from person to person. I aim to provoke the private feeling that death causes, that is both unique and unifying.
-Rui de Carvalho
This audiovisual projects consists of 12 instrumental loops, each one represented by a pulsating balloon in the shape of a heart, which in turn represents a living soul. All 12 loops, when played together, create a complete feeling of harmony and calmness. Seamlessly each loop fades out, leading to an unavoidable emptiness. Naturally, the heartbeat stays until the end.
+++Playback Pro Tip+++
Open a different tab for each loop and let everything play together.