Expression Salon

Day 104 Week 15 Q2 Saturday, April 13, 2024

Expression Salon

Have you ever had a group of people that were highly creative in many different domains? Assuming that they were creative outliers who were also involved in creation that was connected to expression, do you think they could use each other as an audience? This is the question I put before you today. If you are a creative outlier and you are expression-oriented, who do you express yourself to? If you are a musician who is on tour and has new audiences every night, you do not have this problem. You have an audience, you have a fan base, and you have an outlet. But what if you are not yet at this stage of your expression career or you have all of these things? You need to find a way to deploy your expression.

Has it ever occurred to you that the people who are creating and expressing could be each other’s audience, and there would not need to be any distance between the creator and their audience as they could be peers, not two different groups of people? If so, the next issue would be to find a venue where this could be enacted. This venue could be a local community center, a shared workspace, or even a virtual platform. Once you had the place and the people, you could simply be each other’s audience.  

In fact, there does not need to be a stage at all, nor should there be. If the audience is comprised of equals to the people who are doing the expressing, they do not need to be physically separated by height. They should be thought of as co-creators who are offering each other support and feedback in order to improve their craft. The expression could take many forms. It could be the spoken word, it could be showing some visual imagery, both still and moving, it could be music, it could be dance, and it could be all of them at the same time.

Assuming these are new works being put forth by not necessarily very experienced presenters or expressers, then the work should be relatively short. It is not very hard to be supportive for five or ten minutes, but it could be very difficult to pay attention to more than that if the work is not quite up to snuff. Of course, some of this work will not be up to snuff because this is a salon, not a formal performance. The goal here is not perfection but authenticity.

The purpose of an expression salon is to work out the kinks and difficulties of works in progress until they are no longer in progress if that ever occurs.