For the first Any_ Salon, the theme was “interactivity.” The theme was intended to go beyond just the idea of clicking a button in on the internet, more going with the concept of interactivity and exploring what it means today. We heard from a neuroscientist, a brand manager, and an architect to question what interaction means in context to specific ideas relating to their area of expertise.
Food as entertainment
Catering provided by LEV site-specific cooking created a culinary experience that was adapted to suit the Any_ Salon 001’s theme of interactivity. The food was baked inside of salt blocks and guests were invited to break their food free from them with a mallet which LEV then prepared in front of them. The idea of the guest interacting with their food was important to immerse them into the guiding concept, allowing them to consider what interaction means even in simple actions like eating.
Breaking the fourth wall
AnySalon 002’s theme was transparency. We thought about bringing what transparency means in relation to identity. The transparency of bodies, feelings, and ideas were all examined through different means. For instance, the Salon was held at a condo off the Highline where pedestrians on the elevated park were able to look right into the event space.