Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Transmitter / Receiver

I’ve realized that there are situations where it’s really not that important to understand what is being said, because the context and the message are universal, and the way the message comes is a pleasure to the senses, leaving details underneath, making comprehension something that exclusively depends on the speed of the transmitter’s interpretation and of the receiver’s attention.

In Theater 80 a play is currently shown, entitled “The Church of Earthalujah”, where 3 musicians, 1 choir director, 35 excellent singers and 1 reverend, during two fast paced hours, send a Gospel-style message, saying no to consumerism, no to the big corporate machine, no to the misuse of our natural resources and yes to reutilization, to simple living as to stop natural disasters. In this part of the planet they speak of tornados and fires; I remembered our earthquake and the miners, for example, where a group of businessmen wanted to make more money by reduced safety measures, which translated into 33 men trapped 800 meters underground. What I intend to say is that the local problems may be part of the structure of this play, but the message is universal and can adapt to every corner of our planet.

Back in New York I was once again surprised, full of admiration, of the big amount of spaces, voices and public you can find for each different message and for each way of transmitting them. Though the theatre wasn’t full, everyone there was part of the spectacle in a magical way. What is finally important is not the amount of people going to see a show, the amount of people reading a newspaper, a pamphlet or a blog, or the people visiting an art exhibit. What matters it the existence of this space, so that anyone who wants to make the most of it can.

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