Many liturgical churches have adopted wholesale the use of media in worship as audiovisual support/communications billboard, a model developed in the evangelical megachurches since the late 1970s. Unfortunately, that model typically treats media as presentation technology.
Appropriately integrated within liturgy, though, media art in worship (photography and video) can do and be more than that. It can be liturgical art that can serve as media of meditation and as environmental art. It can be intentionally designed and created to serve as art that communicates on its own and is experienced as symbolic, polyvalent, metaphorical art. To prepare to serve clients who ask, “Were shall we put the projection screen?” liturgical consultants and architects can benefit from exposure to the experiments of media installation artists of the late 20th and 21st century, such as Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, and Diana Thater. New possibilities await those who are willing to learn from today’s artists and innovators regarding new methods for display of media art.
Eileen D. Crowley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Liturgy, Arts and Communications at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, has been researching the topic of media art in worship for more than two decades. She is the author of Liturgical Art for a Media Culture(Liturgical Press, 2007) and A Moving Word: Media Art in Worship(Augsburg Press, 2006) and many scholarly and popular essays on the topic. She earned her Ph.D. in Worship and Preaching Studies at Union Theological Seminary (New York City) and her M.A. in Theology (Liturgical Studies) from the University of Notre Dame (Indiana).
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