A Lesson on the Stairs

Opus Osm

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A Lesson on the Stairs

Can Climbing Stairs Be More Fun than Taking the Escalator? Watch.

Here’s a truly entertaining little video, shared with us by Theta Music Trainer. Take a look, and see what happens when people are offered a choice of riding a normal escalator, or climbing (jumping, bouncing, backtracking) on a flight of stairs.

We’re not going to tell you what happens. We’ll only say that you should pay special attention to the looks on the faces of the woman and young boy as they exit the stairwell.

Here’s the video:

In museums, concert halls, and other venues, particularly in the US, arts groups are trying fun, new techniques to get their audiences actively involved.

For example, according to The New York Times, the Indianapolis Symphony and the New York Philharmonic both instruct its audience to switch on their cell phones at the end of the concert, and vote for the encore they then want to hear. (The audience was offered a choice of two.)

The Walker Museum of Art in Minneapolis posts a cell phone number next to works of art. Viewers can dial the number on their phones and get more detailed information about the work they’re looking at, according to The Times.

Conductors, musicians, composers, singers, and dancers — let’s brainstorm about how similar techniques could be used in your particular art. Voting for the encore is an obvious place to start. How about dialing up more info about the performance your audience is about to see? This could reduce the printing costs for paper programs, or supplement the program with tips on what to pay special attention to. Information could even be offered in more than one language.

Without Volkswagen’s Fun Theory, “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.” In other words, if you want to change old behavior (small audience, dwindling resources), think about implementing your own version of the Fun Theory.

It’s never too late to start having fun. — oo

–Mary Matz, editor

Photo Credits: Volkswagen Sweden (YouTube)

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