I came across this link posted on a friend’s facebook page a while back and had to do a double-take.
Art as a means of noise control in Parisian neighborhoods.
Absolutely fascinating to employ something as non-threatening as street performing to help combat a serious public issue.
Reminds me a lot of the whole flash mob movement…gentle but powerful and successful.
I am incredibly curious to see how these “nocturnal artistic intervention squads” are working out.
What do you think about it?
“To deal with a reluctant public, the initiative mixes street art and mediation. The 37 mimes work in trios (two performers and a mediator) and employ all their abilities (mime, acrobatics, dance) to encourage people to celebrate without shouting so that everyone can get along. In June — when the warm weather brings out even more revelers — their ranks will increase to 60 performers with 20 much-needed (we’re guessing) mediators.”