A few weeks ago Weiv was back in lovely Nashville, TN as sponsors of the SALT conference (put on by our friends at Orange Thread Media). SALT was billed as a visual worship conference, bringing together technical and creative artists. Weiv is used in a number of houses of worship, so we thought SALT would be a good place for us to meet people like-minded people who are interested in interactive visuals. (and we were right!)
As a sponsor of SALT we supported the “Weiv breakout room” and facilitated a station in the back of the sanctuary with Weiv. Conference attendees could come back, grab a Wiimote, and create visuals on the fly as the band played. At first most of the attendees just walked past us, casting sidelong glances, but after the first day, many people became more comfortable with interacting during the service times.
We even broke out some VJ tricks and layered Weiv visuals with still images, creating a meditative environment.
Of course, we have made some incredible friends in the visual worship world, so the list of speakers and exhibitors read like an invitation list to a party/reunion of VJs, artists, thinkers, pastors, and wanderers that we have been fortunate enough to meet and develop relationships with.
One of the most impressive elements of SALT was how well it was paced. The event started out bright and loud…a visual “shout.” At first I thought I would be overwhelmed by the giant screen with environmental mapping and loud, loud music. Then I was shocked when they blew the screen up in front of the crowd.
In the end I was in awe as they rebuilt it into something beautiful.
The rhythm of the conference fit the “Loud-Quiet-Loud” trajectory, hitting us with everything, breaking it down, then building it back up…very smart and a very nuanced way to teach how visuals can be used in worship services. Kudos to the SALT13 team!
As a closing note…at the closing session it was announced that there will be a SALT14 conference (presumably to be held in Nashville). Keep an eye out for it. We hope to be there again as well.