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).
This webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT. You can register for this webinar by clicking here.
This webinar will examine the unique Design-Build approach used by Design Fugitives and Gilbert Sunghera, SJ for delivering holistic and cohesive art and furnishings for Sacred Spaces. Looking at the process of this approach compared to traditional project delivery methods will bring to light what makes this Design-Build approach valuable and distinct, and what sacred project types might benefit most from it. Three ecclesiastic projects of various scope and size will be used as case studies.
Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of why Design Fugitives has developed this approach for sacred space projects, how this process works, its pros and cons, and some of the technological advances that enable it.
About the Presenter:
Paul Mattek is the Founding Partner of the commercial art studio Design Fugitives. He leads a team of 10 in creating mixed-media art and furnishings in the US and internationally. His work resides in places such as corporate atria, institutional lobbies, and places of worship. Since 2011, Paul has partnered with Gilbert Sunghera, SJ of the University of Detroit Mercy to execute several sacred space design-build projects. Prior to founding Design Fugitives, Paul studied and gained advanced degrees in the fields of Divinity and Architecture.
This webinar will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET. You can register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5462033305408296707.