Monday, 20 September 2010

Applauding the Dawn

Here are some video clips from YouTube of a localised tradition, a spontaneous action that happens sometimes on Ipanema beach at sunset:

I'm interested in instigating a gathering to see the dawn, and to welcome it with applause.

What is the experience of rising to watch the daybreak? Of welcoming it - joining with others to give it applause even? I'm interested in the experience of stepping out of one's daily routine to contemplate a natural event in an urban setting, making a link to Romanticism and its focus on a sense of wonder at nature, but also - influenced by the applause on Ipanema beach - on a group action.

I'm now planning a publicly advertised gathering to watch the dawn through to sunrise - to take place in London.

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