Participation in the concert hall
This line of projects investigates how participatory aspects of a performance influence the (aesthetic) experience of the audience members. It is a highly interesting and special case of audience research as certain rules – in a classical concert those that the audience is quiet, sits and gives no feedback – are suspended.
A first project was the investigation of the CONNECT-concerts which took place in Oct/Nov 2016 in three different European cities. Both commissioned works operate with a certain amount of audience participation, on different levels. Through the collection of ethnographic data (via observation and interviews) and a questionnaire survey in all three European venues, the study investigated questions such as
• What is the essence of participation for the audience members?
• What is the impact of participation on the experience of the audience members?
• How can participatory claims be implemented?
• What can audience participation achieve (and what can it not achieve)?
A first publication in cooperation with prof John Sloboda (Guildhall School of Music) has been submitted (s. publications), new projects for 2018 are being planned at the moment.