Amanda Palmer Challenges Conceptions of Street Performance & Profits in the Modern Age

April 16, 2013
filed under: Contemporary, Interviews

Amanda Palmer as a Living Statue in BostonI often find myself puzzled over contemporary communities’ resistance to busking. In my humble opinion, street performance is one of the most surefire ways to harmlessly (and cheaply) enrich a local culture, and the authoritative hostility towards such art is a particularly disturbing form of oppression against human expression on supposedly public land. I think a lot of it boils down to the fact that street performance is not deemed worthy of true artistry, but anyone who has ever attempted it can attest otherwise.

In a recent TED Talk, Amanda Palmer challenges audiences to reconsider the value that can be found in street performance, as she recalls her years as a living statue. In a groundbreaking lecture, Palmer recasts a new, enlightened context for understanding entertainment (both street and otherwise) in the modern, digital age. For anyone struggling to survive as an artist today, I highly suggest checking out this inspiring talk:

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2 Responses to “Amanda Palmer Challenges Conceptions of Street Performance & Profits in the Modern Age”

  1. Spun Angel says:

    What a well spoken, innovative woman! I really appreciated this, thank you.

  2. Glad you enjoyed, Angel! I was riveted after this piece.

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