Flash Me Some Dramaturgy…

I was, to be honest, quite fascinated by all the flash mob activity back in the day. It seemed all a very wonderful concept however shoddily it was inevitably carried out.


The idea seemed so rife with spectacle and roots in situationism but was, for the most part, unsuccessful (in my mind).

That said, a friend and I tossed around a few ideas the other night that may very well explode some heads if they were successfully implemented in anyway.

Take the flash mob and turn it into a flash play. Set up an email tree in which parts are somehow assigned. We would construct it in such a way that there was more than one person for each character thus providing a clusterfuck of drama in which several of the same scenes or different scenes are carried out in a predetermined location concurrently.

Imagine walking along in Hollywood and all of a sudden a hundred people start performing random bits of The Day the Whores Came out to Play Tennis or bits of The Lesson. Imagine a group of folk getting together to perform Ionesco for absolutely no reason…

I think it could work. A new form of fun. And fun in form.

I believe that in the history of art and of thought there has always been at every living moment of culture a ‘will to renewal’. This is not the prerogative of the last decade only. All history is nothing but a succession of ‘crises’, of rupture, repudiation and resistance. When there is no crisis, there is stagnation, petrifaction and death. All thought, all art is aggressive.