If you believe that a dance party is the ultimate crowd-sourced entertainment, then you probably don’t want to let this dance party at Mass MoCA pass you by. Just don’t go looking for the DJ unless you want to be part of the show.
That’s because music innovator Dan Deacon sets up his equipment on a small table in the crowd. He explained this preference to The A.V. Club: “One, it’s more fun for me, and two, the show isn’t about looking at someone perform…I wanted people to watch themselves dance around, to have a feedback cycle of audience reacting to audience.” Deacon interacts with the crowd, organizing dance-offs and sharing humorous anecdotes. In August 2012, he launched a Smartphone app that synchronizes in real time to the show’s light and sound components, allowing the audience to participate in his signature concert ambiance. At MASS MoCA, audience members with iPhones or Androids can download the app for free and watch their phone become a part of the concert – the light and sound changes depending on where the phone is located within the venue.