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Flashcrowds in Manhattan.

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Gatherings as performance art?

"New Yorkers are putting together ad-hoc flashcrowds, using email, arranging for thousands of individuals to converge on a place at a preset time and milling about and then melting away after a few minutes.

You are invited to take part in MOB, the project that creates an inexplicable mob of people in New York City for ten minutes or less. Please forward this to other people you know who might like to join.

At the very least, please forward this to all those to whom you sent the invitation for MOB #1, because someone seems to have gotten the wrong impression about the MOB. I am thinking, in particular, of whoever saw it necessary to tell the store and/or the police department about MOB #1, causing SIX POLICE OFFICERS AND A PADDYWAGON to be sent out to disrupt it. Let us call this person "Squealy.""

[via Cheese Bikini & Boing Boing Blog]



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I saw an article (i think it was in the new york times) about an artist who takes pictures of huge crowds of nude people in public places. in this particular project (i think it was in NY somewhere) everyone was in the yoga position where you sit with your knees under you and your forehead touching the ground.... and your ass in the air. It was quite amusing to read the accounts of people who participated and their feelings of liberation turned awkwardness -in some cases).6/17/2003 4:49:08 PM
pax
These mobs or flashcrowds seem to be a well-kept secret. I suppose in the current state of governmental paranoia they might be considered subersive. Gosh, people assembling peacefully! I just find the phenomenon interesting but it is hardly art if nobody records anything to share with people who are interested. I still haven't been able to find any of this, so thanks for the info, Nick. It may help me find something more.6/17/2003 6:05:43 PM
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The Summer of FlashMob has ended. Check out the story of the last mob in new york.

Article at WIRED: Manhattan Mob Meets Its Maker

9/12/2003 9:39:29 AM
nick
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