I had an idea some time ago, but I think that here and now is a good time to unveil it: Religion is the oldest form of multimedia. It is a whole experience that involved so many different media/genres. Consider entering a church or cathedral (Catholic, Orthodox, or High Anglican make the best examples here). In one service, you most likely get these artistic forms (ie. media):
- furniture design
- stage arrangement/blocking
- floral arrangement
- lighting (candles)
- fashion/clothing (vestments)
- embroidery (vestments again)
- instrumental music
- singing (often different styles and different languages)
- rhetorical oration (sermon)
- theatre/performance (rituals like the Eucharist and responsive readings)
- narrative writing (Gospel and OT readings)
- discursive writing (Epistle readings)
In other congregations you would have dance and choreography and, perhaps, film. These are all presented in a 360 degree environment in a carefully planned sequence (which itself is laden with meaning). Furthermore, it's interactive. We may think that blending genres is avante-garde, but scholars tell us poets have been doing it since at least the Middle Ages. I would say that people have been blending genres since humans began to worship, and I don't care if you're a creationist or an evolutionist, I think we can all agree that worship is pretty darn old.
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