The lineup for the Unsound Festival in Krakow, Poland is pretty stacked this year. But if you take any photos or video, Unsound wants you to know you're a dick. The festival has issued a ban of all photographs and filming of the performance, as a part of the festival's “Interference” theme. As in, your fucking phone is “interfering” with my line of sight, you jerk.
Unsound Artistic Director Mat Schulz said in a statement:
"Our aim is to encourage our audience to focus on being in the moment, and not distract others out of that moment...We want to question the automatic tendency to place photos and videos of concerts on-line...to put some tiny glitch in the constant bombardment of images, today's main tool of communication.”
Schulz goes on to note that there will be no photo passes issued to the media, and the rules will not be officially policed, but that festival attendees will be expected to ask anyone seen with a camera to put it away. Socialism, thanks Obama, etc.
So far the response from the Internet has ranged from grateful to understanding. Though this policy is a bit “scorched earth” as far as supressing our culture's collective addiction to documenting every moment of our useless lives, that's also precisely why an experiment like this is necessary. The good news for everyone looking forward to having tangible memories of the festival is that their lives will probably go on afterwards, unless they die at Unsound because everyone was too scared to take out their phone and call for an ambulance.
Here's “One Half” from Julianna Barwick, who you can also catch at the festival.