14 August 2014 at 5.25pm | 1 Comment
It might seem like something from an early 90s sci-fi film, but fiction has recently become reality in the form of Google Glass - wearable technology that allows much of the functionality of conventional computing, with added features such as real-time broadcasting through the integrated camera.
Currently in the advance stages of open beta testing, classical artists are beginning to experiment with recording performances through the device. It's a use that has been explored by the Telegraph's Ivan Hewitt, who isn't a fan: 'It’s hardly a satisfying artistic experience...Google Glass videos are really a form of reality TV,' he writes. 'It really is performance reconceived for the “me” generation.'
We asked our social media following what they thought of the trend, and for thoughts of practical applications of the technology within the arts:
@RoyalOperaHouse I think it could be a good tool of engagement, similar to The Opera Machine.
— Rebeca Ríos (@ReRiFres) August 14, 2014
@RoyalOperaHouse a desperate attempt to make something trendy that doesn't need to be trendy...?
— Steven Berryman (@Steven_Berryman) August 14, 2014
@RoyalOperaHouse this type of thing is good 'bonus material' only. Would love option on opera DVDs of director/conductor/singer commentary
— Erika Johnston (@operabinoculars) August 14, 2014
@RoyalOperaHouse I'd rather see two singers film each other, conductor and audience with Google Glass. Stage view, a bit like Citizen Kane.
— Edward Qualtrough (@QedwardRobert) August 14, 2014
@RoyalOperaHouse as cameras improve & Glass becomes less visible it has exciting potential. People who don't like it don't have to use it?
— Mimi Doulton (@MimiDoulton) August 14, 2014
@RoyalOperaHouse Not the same! A huge part of watching a performance is the atmosphere! How would we applaud? What about curtain calls?
— Kasia Coughlin (@kayshhhh) August 14, 2014
@RoyalOperaHouse The new Marconi wireless transmitter will destroy the concert going experience.
— Margaret Brown (@MagsTheObscure) August 14, 2014
@RoyalOperaHouse there's a lot to be said about just sitting down & enjoying a performance through our own eyes & ears. No faff!
— Thalie Knights (@Thalie_Knights) August 14, 2014
What do you think of the use of Google Glass in classical music and the arts?