The emptiness that comes with online performance

I found this interlude by Brian Fallon at the start of his first live performance since the pandemic began incredibly resonant. I think he’s in a socially distanced venue while also live streaming but it’s possible the venue is completely empty:

I’m going to trust that you’re there. I can’t see you or feel you or see you. But I’m going to trust that you’re there watching me. Perhaps some of you enjoying this. Perhaps others of you not enjoying this.

Is there anyone who has been teaching online to a wall of blank screens who hasn’t had this feeling? He suggests that in the absence of the feedback he was used to (noise from the audience) it’s necessary to “have implicit trust that there are other people on the end of this thing”.

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