In today’s New York Times you might have seen a piece about Patti LuPone and her response to audience rudeness. Well, la diva famously suffers no fools gladly and put her foot down. In today’s paper she issues a stern warning about the use of electronic devises by audience members during artists’ performances. Apparently the use of cameras, cell phones, videos, etc. during live performances have reached epic proportions despite the pleas of theaters before a performance begins.
ArtSake wants to know if you have experienced these issues either as an audience member or in presenting your own work, and more importantly, how did you deal with it?
The idea of “fine print” has been so ingrained in the minds of the American consumer that it should be put to good use here. Fine print could state that all electronic recording devices will become confiscated and rendered unto the property of the establishment or the artist whose work is being copied without prior consent. It would only take a few imbeciles to scream and yell about “my camera, my camera” to crush this problem forever.