The Father Divine Project: the digital preservation of religious belief

Lightning Talk
Will Luers, USA

Nonlinear digital platforms provide scholars and curators with opportunities to better present and preserve the complexities of human experience. Linear and narrative forms—academic papers, books, and film documentaries—can allude to the multiplicities and contradictions within world models, but lack the expressive means to present this complexity as evidence in itself. This lightening talk describes the processes and discoveries of building The Father Divine Project, a multimodal database documentary that works to express the secular and religious complexities of an indigenous American religion.