Light Art, Street Art, and the Art of Preaching: Sound-and-Light Shows as Public Proclamation


  • David M. Csinos



This article examines how the phenomenon of sound-and-light shows fulfills the purposes of preaching and, as such, can be perceived as a form of public proclamation. Originating in France but now offered all over the world, these shows use large-scale video projection to display images on the facades of historic buildings, many of which are religious in nature, set to sound effects and music. The author begins by addressing three purposes of preaching that arise within homiletical discourse: testimony of God’s story, empowering transformation, and engendering encounters with God. Drawing from recent qualitative research into spectators’ experiences at sound-and-light shows, the author then examines how three specific shows serve as case studies that demonstrate that, while not sermons, they can indeed fulfill each of the purposes of preaching. As such, these spectacles can be seen as a vibrant form of proclamation amidst contemporary public settings.

Author Biography

David M. Csinos

David M. Csinos, born 1984, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.