She & Him, Prince, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs are among the many artists who enforce a No Camera policy at their shows, but now festivals are employing the same request. Krakow, Poland electronic music festival Unsound (10/13-20) issued a statement about a (loose) ban on filming and photography of any sort. The mandate will not be strict but they hope attendees will “resist the temptation to put cameras or mobile phones into action.” No press photo passes will be issued, either, but a festival photographer will “discreetly and efficiently document a few special events, commissioned or premiere works, due to their unique nature. As for most events, these will not be filmed or photographed at all. Audio from various concerts will also be recorded, archived, and transmitted in various forms by NTS Radio, emphasizing Unsound’s experiment to shift emphasis from the spectacle back to the auditory frame.” Read a statement from festival artistic director Mat Shulz and details about the lineup and more below.
“Our aim is to encourage our audience to focus on being in the moment, and not distract others out of that moment,” says Unsound Artistic Director Mat Schulz. “We want to question the automatic tendency to place photos and videos of concerts on-line, be it on social networks, music websites or video streaming platforms, to put some tiny glitch in the constant bombardment of images, today’s main tool of communication. The ban will not be policed by security guards, this is going to be a community action – if you see someone next to you filming, ask them politely to stop.”
Unsound takes place this October, from the 13-20th and will feature performances from Andy Stott & Demdike Stare, Juliana Barwick accompanied by a Polish girls choir, Mykki Blanco, Forest Swords, King Midas Sound, Venus X, and more. The festival’s theme this year is Interference, which is funny because by imposing a photo ban, you might be encouraging a dearth of it.