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Crowd of people performing as a flash mob in the Melbourne CBD "Melbourne Flash Mob" by Flickr user librarianidol used under Creative Commons attribution 2.0 license
  • Flash Performance

    Flash mobs transform an everyday place into an impromptu stage. They can happen anywhere at any time, you just have to be in the know.

    Watch videos and answer questions to find out more about Flash Performance in Melbourne:

    Download the resource worksheet [doc]


    Clair Korobacz on the Pop Up Project

    Questions:

    • Who is flash mobbing for? What is the point of a flash mob?
    • How do audiences respond to performances in public places?
    • Should performance artists be allowed to disrupt and challenge people in public spaces?

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    Accessible Flash Mob

    Questions:

    • What are some of the effects of using an outdoor public space as a stage or an arena for performance art?
    • How do audiences generally respond to performances in public places? Is the reaction the same if the performance is a surprise?

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    Activities

    Explore

    • Research what types of flash mobs have been conducted around the world?
    • What is the relationship between flash mobbers and their audience? Advertisers and marketers are now employing flash mobs to promote their products and causes. What are the implications of this? Reference: Crazy Uptown Funk flashmob in Sydney

    Create

    Hold your own mini flash mob – for example, a choreographed dance or freeze. Capture the performance from different points of view. Make sure you include the audience’s responses and reactions to the performance. Remember to ask permission before filming people.

    Download the resource worksheet [doc]

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    About ACMI Education

    Screen and digital literacy play a critical role in empowering the creative and learning capacity of young people. At the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), we’re inspiring a new generation of moving image makers.

    Our Education team delivers unique, curriculum-focused programs for students and teachers, including film screenings, talks, workshops and exhibition tours. Programs outlined are conducted within our cinemas, studios and exhibition spaces, including our permanent exhibition Screen Worlds, and the Australian Mediatheque.

    Visit the ACMI Education Page for information on programs and learning resources.

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