Monday, March 4, 2013
In her TED talk, musician Amanda Palmer '98 discusses the evolution of a new relationship between the artist and the fan: a model of exchange in which we don't make people pay for music, but let them. With this, Palmer muses, comes a new level of trust and intimacy.
So I didn’t always make my living from music. For about the five years after graduating from an upstanding liberal arts university, this was my day job.
I was a self-employed living statue called The Eight-Foot Bride. And I love telling people I did this for a job because everybody always wants to know who are these freaks in real life.
I painted myself white one day, stood on a box, put a hat or can at my feet, and when someone came by and dropped in money, I handed them a flower and some intense eye contact.
And if they didn’t take the flower, I threw in a gesture of sadness and longing as they walked away.
So I had the most profound encounters with people, especially lonely people, who looked like they hadn’t talked to anyone in weeks. We would get this beautiful moment of prolonged eye contact being allowed in a city street and we would sort of fall in love a little bit and my eyes would say, “Thank you; I see you.” And their eyes would say, “Nobody ever sees me.”
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