The entertainment industry is one of those that have been severely suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic. As it requires large crowds to come together in a rather stuffed environment, it greatly increases the risks that the virus will be spread, putting people in much danger.
But what if there was a way around that? On Monday, rock band The Flaming Lips came up with one ingenious solution for holding concerts. They wrapped everyone attending and performing in the concert in giant plastic bubbles.
In several videos posted on Instagram, you can see lead singer Wayne Coyne serenade a large crowd of plastic bubbles while the latter do their best to dance in their confined bubble spaces. If you are worried that both the performers and the audience may run out of air, it should be noted that the bubbles provide breathable air for hours. Not bad!
Coyne told the Brooklyn Vegan that this may just be the future of music. “I think that’s kind of the dilemma we’re all in is that are we waiting for it to go back to normal or are we starting to plot, ‘What’s the future look like? What is the future of live music?’” said the artist.
Indeed these see-through bubbles could be used in many venues including plays and musicals. However, one has to wonder about how comfortable they are for longer performances despite the fact that they hold breathable air for hours.
Could they be used in plays where actors need to interact with each other more? What are their advantages and limitations? And are they really necessary? After, all wouldn't masks be enough?
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German researchers already conducted a study where they tested the concert-conditions of an audience of 4,000 members. They sought to estimate what mask-wearing conditions could be safe for people to attend these events. Others have tried holding concerts where they simply distanced people by assigning them cubes within which they could move around.
What do you think of these bubbles? Are they a genius way to hold large-crowd performances or a desperate attempt to revive struggling industries?