Considering ritual as a means for creating immersive, interactive storytelling experiences.
Note: this blog post is structured differently because it is framed a guest lecture for a special topics class.
what we think of ritual as…
How ritual manifests in our everyday…
Oftentimes when we think of ‘ritual’ we contextualize it in religious cult-like settings; however, rituals can also be found in the coffee we buy each morning before class, or in the routine trips we take to the movie theater. Examples of rituals that I practice:
Drinking a glass of water when I wake up
Feeding my cats in the morning
Listening to the PBS news hour
Reading a 3-card tarot spread
Writing a reflective blog post
Q. What are some rituals you practice? Daily, weekly, etc?
Q. Why do you practice them?
Ways to invoke ritual…
“One definition of performance is: Ritualized behavior conditioned and/ or permeated by play.” p. 52
“Rituals are collective memories encoded into actions.”
“Ritual and play transform people, either permanently or temporarily.”
“The very act of entering the ‘sacred space’ has an impact on participants. In such spaces, special behavior is required.”
Ritual is repetitive, structured, and highly affective.
How can ritual be both radically ancient and radically modern?
RITUAL & the OTHERWORLD
How do we connect with the ‘otherworld’? How do we celebrate those who have passed?