Participants’ thoughts are below:
What is it that you desire from a cultural experience?
- (It) somehow changes my approach to my life.
- To learn and be exposed to new ideas.
- Experience rigorously crafted artistic experience.
- Share in a collective experience that leads to enlivened dialogue and reflection.
- Expanded life experience and thoughtfulness.
- Transformation. Hope that by entering an alternative cultural space, my understanding of my own life and, therefore, my life, will be positively altered.
- To sit in a shared space.
- To have the opportunity to think about an experience and it’s effect.
- To think differently.
- To relax and relieve tension.
- To be inspired.
- To gain insight so as to join conversations around a piece of art work.
- Enter a different world and space.
- Want to be “moved” emotionally by the beauty of a work, or the weirdness that makes me think and talk about it, Or the entertaining, uplifting fun.
- I want to be consumed in thought.
What, ideally, would you do after a cultural experience?
- To talk and reflect on the experience
- Seek out more information about the performance
- Read all of the books, troll youtube, social media, trying to answer the question, is this something I want to keep in my life in the long term?
- Read reviews.
- Go home and write- either about the work, or poetry, or prose, usually just for myself and not for public audience.
- Grab a drink or take a walk and talk about the experience
- I often take notes during the experience, and google questions or ideas that arose during the performance.
- Eavesdrop on other audience members in the subway.
What are some barriers that prevent you from your ideal cultural experience?
- A miserable experience before, during or after the show that I want to immediately forget.
- The experience of seeing art is itself work, which can pollute the experience of seeing art.
- Not having additional information readily available.
- Email / life overload.
- Get busy and forget the experience or the desire to perform additional research.
- Lack of time.
- Having to leave the theater instead of being permitted to linger.
- Forgetting a note pad.
- Lack of available content online.