Starting this Tuesday (August 26th, 2014), the singer Kate Bush is presenting 22 concerts in London, her first shows since 1979. A few days ago, she issued the following statement:
“I have a request for all of you who are coming to the shows :
We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows. I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iphones, ipads or cameras. I know it’s a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
She is creating the space for her and the audience to connect without filters. For everyone to be present together, rather than literally looking at her through a lens. She is extending an invitation for intimacy.
To quote the play “Six Degrees of Separation”, how do we keep an experience and not make it into an anecdote? Filtering our lives through media can take us out of an experience and make it an anecdote.