Comfortably numb

15 Jul

by Natalie Prassas

Pink Floyd, a band whose psychedelic rock was, in my youth, an escape from ideals that I instinctually knew were wrong, but were nevertheless instilled in me as proper. I hardly ever listened to them in good or sober times, but they were always there to nourish my doubt about the way life should be. Considering I was in pampers when the original “The Wall” concert took place in 1980, it was a great honor and experience to participate in the resurrected tour with an ironically new age appropriate adaptation. Roger Waters put on a fantastical and theatrical show, with intense metaphors through the use of intricate technology, which included pyrotechnics and huge puppets, as well as the infamous floating pig.
The show was centered on the building of a life size make shift wall which was built up during the first half of the show and broken down at the end. Contrary to the original tour which focused on Water’s personal isolation, this time round the wall became a canvas for projections that emphasized broader worldly matters. The senselessness of war and subsequent negligence of poverty, human isolation, the illusions of capitalism and over-consumption, highlighting the fact that not only are we oblivious to so many forms of manipulation but that we have become conveniently apathetic. Particularly touching were the words of ex American president Dwight Eisenhauer, projected across the wall, “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger, and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” The crowd was enthused with the subtle yet highly relevant reference to our current situation, by way of an anti government slur projected on the wall during the song “Mother”, and the line “Mother, should I trust the government?” How very appropriate for a country that is at the start of its awakening.
This was surely no average concert, however in our times it is going to take something immensely above average, to pull us out of this black hole. Roger knew then, and hasn’t forgotten now. So I will leave you with a quote from Waters himself 22 years ago, ” What it comes down to for me is this: Will the technologies of communication in our culture, serve to enlighten us and help us to understand one another better, or will they deceive us and keep us apart?” I think the answer is apparent to us all now; the point is what are we going to do about it?? My advice, we are all one; a living breathing, growing organism, interconnected with each other and the earth, the people who built the walls around us are not interested in our well being. So start breaking down those *#$%* walls!

Natalie in the concert's t-shirt

CREDITS: Text: Natalie// Photography: George Skourtaniotis//

One Response to “Comfortably numb”

  1. joe 16/01/2012 at 16:55 #

    Beauty and Brains!! Wow!

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