Christians, Buddhists, Scientologists, and many more can now worship in the same place via the new Pray-O-Mat machine. Instead of waiting for a service at a local church or temple, worshippers can now use the ‘Pray-o-mat’ machine and save time.
Use touch screen menus to select from up to 300 pre-recorded prayers and incantations in 65 different languages. As well as the Lords Prayer, there are Buddhist and Islamic benedictions; Aborigine devotional songs, Voodoo blessings, Scientology, and solemn chanting of an orthodox Jewish congregation.
Created by German artist Oliver Sturm, the booth is free to use. The conversion of the German ‘Gebetomat’ into the English ‘Pray-o-mat’ was partly supported by the Goethe-Institut, London and was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The ‘Pray-o-mat’ has now spread to the University of Manchester home of a large, three-year research project on multi-faith spaces. It is also being prepped for a UK rollout.
The project is described as being ‘tongue in cheek’ but has a serious message and will allow people of different faiths to worship in the same place. What started as art is morphing into a possible reality.