Kassel Kulturbahnhof, June 10, 2012, 11:30 a.m., music in hand but acting inconspicuous.
This is how you could describe the events at the main train station (Kulturbahnhof) in Kassel. With just a simple website, (http://bit.ly/KmT3on) and a lot of planning from Mike Meinhardt, director of the Knowledge Management department, approximately 100 singers from 10 different choirs came together on Sunday to sing the “C-A-S-S-E-L” song to Documenta visitors in Kassel. Naturally, members of our very own SM A-Capella Choir were there as well.
How Was It Organized?
The idea of putting together a singing flash mob for Documenta came about over a beer following one of “Sound of Joy” choir’s rehearsals in Niestetal.As many of the singers are not on any social media website, the organization happened primarily by simply speaking to singers face-to-face or via email.
What Were the Biggest Challenges?
The 4-part choir work was written especially for this project. The text dealt specifically with Documenta and there were no copyright issues to fuss with. Before the event, we had a meeting and rehearsal with all participants (highly unusual for a flash mob) because performing a new 4-part choir work without rehearsing is next to impossible.
Summary: a flash mob for Kassel: Documenta 13 got off to a resounding start.
Those interested in seeing/hearing what this event was like can take a look at our video. Have fun!
Julia Endt (guest author)
Julia works as a knowledge manager by SMA since 2011.