canceled: 22/11/2012 at OÖ Kulturquartier in Linz!
new: preview of video 'Seated', audience observations in Stadsshouwburg, Leuven
'Audience Observations' is a long-term project. The concept is used to produce works and knowledge on the performative qualities of audiences in theaters, concert halls and elsewhere. It goes along with thoughts and works on the relation between public spaces and the space of the public: both places of performing forces.
'Audience Observations' contains the following works until now:
How was the audience tonight?
notations of audiences (still to be published)
Kein-Bild: scores for performing spectators
Greetings from an audience
KEINE-PAUSE / NO BREAK
audience observations and alternative program notes
performance concept and program notes for the extended piano recital '492kg' by Frederik Croene.
2011: De Singel (Antwerp) - Concertgebouw (Brugges) - November Music (Den Bosch) - Intro in Situ (Maastricht)
see also the project: "How was the audience tonight?": questions for performers right after the show
PROGRAM NOTES :
link to pdf of the program notes for the performance in the Single, Antwerp
"Good evening, my name is David Helbich and I am your audience interventionist and tonights AUDIENCE OBSERVER.
Which means, that I will for the sake of my research on audience behaviors observe you through out the evening from this position and I will report some of my observations at one point later in the evening to share with you what I found out.
I do this for your own good. My mission is to accentuate the roll of an audience in a concert situation like this. I call this Keine-Pause, No Break or Geen Pause, because I think that nothing can really interrupt the experience of a concert as a whole.
So, I'll observe you during the pieces and between the pieces.
The program book contains an alternative set of PROGRAM NOTES. As you might have seen already, the notes are not about the particular compositions, but about the changes between the pieces and things which are also part of this concert, even though you can't hear them.
Following the convention, it is time for your first clapping for the entrance of the pianist."
Videos of the first observations in the Singel, Antwerp, 30 September 2011: