Monday, February 11, 2008

Freeze! You're at Grand Central Station.

A bit of a lazy post but I am having 10 to dinner tonight so I'm sure you'll understand. However this is an absolutely brilliant video and you can read the story behind it here, with lots of photos too.

207 "actors" from Improv Everywhere, which causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places, all froze in various poses at the same instant for five minutes in the Main Concourse area of Grand Central Station in New York City. It's the spot where everyone says I'll meet you under the clock at Grand Central . It's quite the feat for them all to have held absolutely still for that length of time. I've been there many times and normally this is an incredibly busy spot as people bustle back and forth to catch the trains. Enjoy.

Now the website of Improv Everywhere is fascinating and for an encore this performance is just marvelous too. Actually without the story behind it the video is a bit confusing. So here's a short introduction.

If you are a book lover and you've been to New York, you will be familiar with the Strand Bookstore in Greenwich Village. It's mammoth with 55,000 square feet over several floors with all kinds of nooks and crannies and filled to the brim with used books, new books and rare books too. You have to check you bags at the front counter and occasionally a cell phone can be heard from inside one of the bags.

Improv Everywhere decided to infiltrate the store with sixty people, all leaving backpacks with cell phones inside and have sixty people outside ringing the phones all at the same time. Not only that but they would create music, a cell phone symphony, with all the Nokia phones playing the same ring, all the Motorolas, all the Samsungs, etc, playing separately and playing in turn. One phone with a custom ring was given a solo. The article about this on their site is fascinating. It's actually worth reading before you watch the video.

I'll definitely be visiting that site again to check out some of the seventy other events that this group has created. For example 100 men, all without shirts, going to shop at the very tony store in New York, called Abercrombie and Fitch.

Thanks to Aussie blogger, Cellobella.


Wolfie said...

It sounds to me like these actors are just re-living their student day high-jinks for the benefit of the u-tube generation. There are many reasons I wouldn't like to live in New York; I'll just add that to the list.

Maybe it sounds a little churlish but perhaps they should just spend more time refining their art?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Love this idea, jmb.

Ellee Seymour said...

I hope your dinner went well. I love the diversity of New York.

jmb said...

Now Wolfie you are too young to be such a curmudgeon. They aren't exactly actors so much as ordinary people who like to take part in these things.
I wouldn't want to live in New York either but it's a great place to visit.

Hi WCLC, I thought it was a very fun thing but totally harmless.

Hi Ellee,
The dinner was great, my book club actually. I love to visit New York, besides my daughter living near, it's a wonderful city for museums and galleries and the theatre.

Thanks for visiting and commenting regards

Colin Campbell said...

I love New York too. Having spent some time there in the late 1980s,I agree it is a very interesting city. I much preferred living in Washington DC. Life was much more predictable and I felt safer there.