Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Using Presentations as Participation Aids

Using Presentations as Participation Aids

There is no rubric yet that tackles the use of digital visual presentations (Powerpoint, Keynote etc.) as participation aids in the liturgy.

The principle for me is simple. Yes, simple. The simpler the presentation, the more elegant, and the more it can lead the people to focus more on the liturgical celebration.

The overabundance of graphics and animations turn people's attention to the presentation itself which then defeats its purpose of directing them to the become involved liturgy. Simpler, well-selected graphics look more elegant. Slide transitions like fade and dissolve are also easier to do and make the presentation run smoother.

As in every good liturgy, prudence and restraint, with a little subdued artistry, go a long way.

Here are a few samples:

If you noticed, the key elements are borrowed from or transferred to the poster/invitation to provide visual coherence to the whole event.



At 9:38 PM , Blogger VDJblog said...

Re using slide/powerpoint projections at liturgies, I remember Msgr. Vengco saying that when the slideshow has served its purpose, for example, the song is over, then the projector should be turned off. My own position in continuity with this is there should be no slide projection when they are not participation aids. I object to a slide like "Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception" projected on the wall throughout the whole Mass! It's not necessary and it's not elegant.

At 7:43 AM , Blogger Leo Martin Angelo R. Ocampo said...

I couldn't agree more. Form follows function.


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