Improv Everywhere: Conduct Us

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Filed under: Culture Jamming and Reality Hacking

From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


For our latest mission, we put a Carnegie Hall orchestra in the middle of New York City and placed an empty podium in front of the musicians with a sign that read, "Conduct Us." Random New Yorkers who accepted the challenge were given the opportunity to conduct this world-class orchestra. The orchestra responded to the conductors, altering their tempo and performance accordingly. This project was a collaboration with Carnegie Hall and Ensemble ACJW.

More photos here.

Created and Directed by: Charlie Todd: Produced by: Deverge; Producers: Alan Aisenberg, Andrew Soltys; Editor: Denis Cardineau; Director of Photography: Ilya Smelansky; Camera: Myo Campbell, Denis Cardineau, Ilya Smelansky, Chloe Smolkin, Spencer Thielmann; Production Sound: Harris Karlin; Photography: Ari Scott – flickr set (photo credit for all photos on this page.); Production Assistants: Juan Cocuy, Kelley Dunlap, Peter Kelly, Michael Tannenbaum; Producers for Carnegie Hall: Nate; Bachhuber, Jonathan Bradley, Adrienne Stortz; Musicians: Ensemble ACJW, see video for full credits; Special Thanks: Ethan Lercher & Rossini Yen, 34th St. Partnership