Polish Unsound Festival Bans Cameras
The Unsound Festival in Poland has announced that they will be imposing a ban on cameras at this year’s festival.
According to the official website, fans will be encouraged not to take photos or videos during performances. No media passes will be given out and photos will only be taken by an official Unsound photographer who will document a select number of events.
In a statement on the festival’s site, organizers said, “The idea behind this ban is not to denigrate photographers or cast aspersions upon the desire to take snapshots of one’s own life, but rather an experiment in resisting contemporary habits as they pertain to instant documentation, ‘sharing,’ and lived experience.”
The ban is part of Unsound’s “INTERFERENCE” theme so that the event “won’t be transmitted via the Internet in easy video chunks. But for one week the festival will create a unique temporary autonomous zone for audience and artists alike that will feel like nowhere else.”
The Unsound organizers aren’t the first group to take action against the constant disruption by cellphones at concerts. Artists like Yeah Yeah Yeahs She & Him, The Lumineers, Savages and Björk have all recently imposed cellphone bans at shows.
Artistic Director Mat Schulz sounded off on the ban by saying “Our aim is to encourage our audience to focus on being in the moment, and not distract others out of that moment,” Schulz said. “We want to question the automatic tendency to place photos and videos of concerts on-line, be it on social networks, music websites or video streaming platforms, to put some tiny glitch in the constant bombardment of images, today’s main tool of communication.”
The festival takes place Oct. 13 – 20 in Krakow, Poland and will feature artists like Mykki Blanco, Nate Young (Wolf Eyes), Julianna Barwick, and many more. See the full lineup at the official Unsound website.
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