Asharah wrote a great interesting post, titled:
Live! On Stage! (Or, why don’t you stop recording and just watch the show?)
It is about how so many people in the crowd are busy in recording the show instead of enjoying it. I’m happy to say that I never used my smartphone to video a performance. But it still made me think. Here are a few of my associations:
1. The “Aura”
In his 1936 essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” German cultural critic Walter Benjamin, first introduced this idea:
When I was 13, I visited the Louvre museum and saw the original Mona Lisa. I was actually a bit disappointed because it was so small. I didn’t see or feel any aura. But you know what, I think that now, almost 24 years later, I would have.
2. The real thrill
Here is a recent event from the news: Aerialist Nik Wallenda completed a tightrope walk that took him a quarter mile over the Grand Canyon, on June 23, 2013 . Now, watch the video. After you’ve watched the video, imagine you are there, on the edge of the gorge, while this extreme circus act is happening. Sense the breeze, hear the rope squeak. Do you feel the thrill, the excitement? Do you feel the difference it makes when you watch something live?
Asharah talks about how the audience is busy with recording, knowing they can watch the video later. It’s a pity that we rarely live in the moment. We are busy feeling regret for the past or worry about he future. We look forward to something, and then, when it finally arrives, we are not really present to enjoy it. that’s why I love this simple 10 minutes mindfulness drill, where you experience one raisin with all your senses. Try it!
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts. Is there an Aura, is it really that different to watch something live, and did you do the raisin drill?