A whole world suffers on account of the pandemic. Therefore, the world is moving towards enhancing data collection and going digital. The performing arts is one of the worst-hit sectors. However, there are ways and means to make a virtual and digital going world.
Going digital meaning
Going digital meaning working together without being together. These days the festivals in Europe are a good example of humans going digital. In Europe, major festivals and concerts have shifted to the digital mat. Recently, the digital festivals were the Glastonbury Festival and the Eurovision Music Contest.
The Glastonbury Festival is famous for its lively and noisy festival. Crowds gather in the open air and reverberate with nature. They are exposing to the elements of nature.
It was to regenerate to relive in the ancient Greek. The crowd does not care for their appearances and covering. They just wallow in the mud to recreate the mood of revelry. Because it has been a tradition there. Accompanying the ritual of music and dance. So, it is the primal expression of letting go and emerged into nature.
The Glastonbury Festival and the Eurovision Music contest going digital and disappointing the world
The festival continued with the massive failure and breakdown of the streaming services. Besides other technical failings, which are becoming a regular feature, the digital version collapsed to give progress reports. So, the primary function and role of the festival have undermined. The people come close to one another is the primary role. Then, revel in the environs of nature. The culture thrived in this way since time immemorial.
Festivals do not mean to sit at home watching or viewing music on their screens of whatever digital denomination is available.
The set and the environs above all are human-made shelters. It is to avoid the uncertainty of the elements. Moreover, people can not go against government. Nowadays, there is no exposure to the weather. No one is wallowing in the mud and mire. Never anybody expose to the coexistence with the trees, grass, and foliage. Rather the festival means a virtual reliving in the sanity and safety of the homes. The short opening that people had granted for themselves was taken away from them in this going digital recreation.
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In addition, the virtual reliving is just a reminder that the instinctual existence and its power is no more. Nowadays, one had to live in the digital going life. The opportunity of human beings to expose to nature has almost robbed. The escape from the constructed, manicured existence into the unpredictable of the primal need has hidden from the civilization. Now, civilization wants to go back and experience the essential primariness of existence.
The Eurovision music concert, an empty man-made environment
The Eurovision music concert, too, was a festival without the audiences. It was to interact with the audiences that generate the excitement. Thus, it was creating the feedback to egg the performances. Now, it is performing in an empty man-made environment. The contest was like the performers performing to one another. They yearned for human preference and finding none, they turned to their fellow performers for the satisfaction.
As it is, Eurovision is a medley of hi-tech digital glamour mixed with the liveliness of the music. But without the teeming crowds, the contest just becomes a digital razzle-dazzle. It looked like a display of invasive technology and a parade of achievements without jelling into the fluidity of human expression through art. As it is, the digital or the technical side is dominant. So, it overpowers the primary human expression, which to the contrary, is relatively more stable.
It seemed mostly like a spectacle edging the human content out. The experience of the people was indirect and vicarious. All the time the struggling with the breakdowns reminds one of the frailties of humanness rather than the perfection of a science-driven world. The streaming services and their poor connections disappointed many people.
Perhaps, this drastic change with technology within a year is unacceptable for the human experience.
Many feel that it will become a common experience in the future. Therefore, the human or live performances and the coming together of the audiences will be the second-best thing or a very specialized niche activity in the future.
The audience was vaccinated in the Barcelona concert. So, they came with proof that they had not tested positive for the virus. To get in, fans had to download an app, input their contact details and book a time for a rapid Covid test on the day of the concert.
The people having negative Covid 19 test got a code to gain entrance to the building. While those who tested positive were stopped to enter the hall. They were offered a refund. Inside, masks were mandatory and the public was divided into three areas holding about 1,600 people each. Five thousand electrified fans sang, jumped, and danced to indie pop hits. It might be any Saturday night gig in 2019 if it weren’t for the masks, the whiff of the sanitizer, and the tickets proving a negative Covid-19 test.
People want outdoor activities. As the third wave repercussion has restrained the hopeful souls. However, the Barcelona rock concert, a big concert happened on 27 March 2021. The organizers of Spain’s largest music festivals managed the concert. Furthermore, the regional health authorities, doctors, and epidemiologists collaborated with these music organizers
We are limited to present the digital going form of our big festivals. If seminars and conferences are digital going then they can be compromised. But not with huge gatherings and music concerts. Rather such programs should be live and one should expose to the elements of nature.