On Looking Up considered the shared gestures of ecstatic experiences and used found video footage from the 1960's to the present day.
Divine ecstasies have historically been regular subjects of the visual arts from Bernini's The Ecstasy of St Teresa to Caravaggio's Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy. With the affordability of personal cameras in the 1960's, these
phenomena were captured on video for the first time. Beginning with the ecstasies of four young girls in Garabandal, Spain from 1961- 1964, video footage became the primary means to capture and communicate these events to a worldwide audience.
While ecstasies are historically attributed to devout saints, those in the twentieth century most commonly befell unremarkable young women and children. Many of the ecstasies brought with them
messages from beyond, most commonly from the Virgin Mary who spoke apocalyptic prophecies to the young people.
These phenomena often brought fame to the recipients, tourism to small villages and established popular sites of pilgrimage.