#MondayMotivation: Breakthroughs Do Happen

Looking for a little #MondayMotivation? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: No Breakthroughs Without Risks and Failures.

At BitterSuite, an audience member samples a physalis with golden syrup and peppercorns for the second movement of Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor. Photo Credit: Marie-Cecile Embleton

London seems to be leading the way in shows that very actively engage all five senses. First, there was the fireworks show, and now there are the BitterSuite symphonies.

It’s a classical concert that makes you smell, touch and taste things as part of the program. Lindsey Winship of The Guardian (UK) describes it like this: “The audience were blindfolded and fed different sensory experiences in parallel with the music: fizzy pop and cola bottles for the effervescent second movement and fingers scampering up your arms in tandem with the first violin, then as the music changed, a scent-soaked silk scarf flickering across your skin, and hands laid on to give a sensation of pressure or relaxation.”

I admire all this effort because it’s very easy to assume that events and productions solely focused on looking and listening are “real,” and everything else is just novelty. I don’t think that’s the case. On the other hand, events where someone is putting things in your mouth by hand probably have a ways to go before they begin to supplant a more passive way of taking in an experience. There’s already a popular format for tasting things in a public place, and it’s called a restaurant. …

Read the rest of Jim’s post: No Breakthroughs Without Risks and Failures.

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