Monday, December 20, 2010

Nashville Freeze 2010 at Rivergate: Coolish or Foolish?

Posted By on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 2:37 PM

The folks at Flashmob Nashville held a flash freeze at Rivergate Mall on Saturday. In case anyone doesn't know, a flash mob is, as Wikipedia explains, "a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual act for a brief time, then disperse." Essentially, it's performance art in a public space, and anyone can join in. One of the more popular flash mob activities is to freeze in place for several minutes, as the above group of Nashvillians did at Rivergate. (One of the more renowned freezes took place in January 2008 in New York City's Grand Central Station.)

Upon hearing of the Nashville Freeze 2010, my co-worker Tracy Moore rolled her eyes and scoffed at the news: "This is like an 8-year-old trend at this point," Tracy said. "And it's just now getting to Rivergate, naturally."

Personally, I'm in favor of anything that can make Rivergate Mall a little more fun and human during the absurd mad dash that is last-minute Christmas shopping. Heck, sculpture has been around thousands of years, and people still do that, right? And don't even get me started on drawing.

Is it cutting-edge? No. Is it silly? Maybe. But it's also a great equalizer, as the video illustrates. Young and old; short and tall; skinny and heavy; black, white, Asian and Hispanic — where else in Nashville do you see such a diverse crowd joining together to make something happen?

So what's it going to be, dear Pith readers? Is Tracy too cool for school? Or am I not cool enough?

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