WHAT DO ALL CREATIVES HAVE IN COMMON?
MAYBE IT IS THE FEAR OF NEVER BEING GOOD ENOUGH.
IN A YEAR MARKED BY SUICIDES IN THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY, EXPERIENCE DELIVERY SERVICE TAKEOUT INVITED 90 OF THE MOST CREATIVE HEADS IN MIAMI TO A MODERN-DAY CORONATION. THE GOAL WAS TO BATTLE DEPRESSION AND SELF-DOUBT BY GIVING GUESTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CROWN THEMSELVES THE KING OR QUEEN OF HOW FAR THEY HAVE COME IN THEIR CAREERS.
TO ATTEND THE CORONATION, EACH GUEST WAS ASKED TO FILL OUT AN ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE BEFORE PURCHASING THEIR BOX. EACH BOX INCLUDED A PAPER ROLL, SUPER GLUE, AND A MANUAL ASKING THE RECIPIENT TO CREATE A CROWN OUT OF THE PAPER. GUESTS COULD ADD WHATEVER THEY WANTED TO THEIR CROWN, BUT WERE REQUIRED TO WEAR IT TO THE EVENT.
VIDEO ARTIST PARSA AFSHARJAVAN, MUSIC PRODUCER DUO PAPERWATER, POET NIKKI THAIS, AND PERFORMANCE ARTIST MORGAN BRYSON CREATED FIVE IMMERSIVE PERFORMANCES THAT DISCUSSED THE IDEA OF POWER, HIERARCHY, AND SELF-DOUBT IN DIFFERENT MEDIA THROUGHOUT THE EVENING.
THE CORONATION SPARKED CONVERSATIONS ABOUT DEPRESSION AND SELF-DOUBT ON LOCAL AND NATIONAL MEDIA, INCLUDING ARTICLES IN CULTURED MAGAZINE, MIDTOWN MIAMI MAGAZINE, AND THE MIAMI NEW TIMES. TAKEOUT DOUBLED ITS SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWING IN THEIR EFFORT TO CONNECT WITH THEIR COMMUNITY AND DELIVERED AN EXPERIENCE THAT TURNED 90 PIECES OF PAPER INTO A SERIES OF UNIQUE EXPRESSIONS OF CREATIVE CONFIDENCE.
Balagan Art Space, November 2018.
"As a very shy person I often struggle to initiate conversations.
The Coronation made everyone go through the same process and
that made me feel at ease because
every crown was its own
"What I wear is directly related to my personality. The colors, materials, and styles are all ways to express myself and building my own crown was definitely a highlight in my search of who I am still becoming."
"You lose so much time and energy doubting yourself and your work.
Going to The Coronation meant leaving your insecurities and self doubt bullsh*t at home, 'cause they’re not invited."
“In a digital era where everything happens trough a screen, The Coronation was a breath of fresh air! It made me reconnect with my childhood and the reasons on why I love what I do.”
"As a creative you have periods where you have a mental block or even feel like you lost the ability to create. The Coronation brought together unique stories behind each crown, reminding us that struggle is a part of creation."
EUGENIO MORON SOL
"My crown was inspired by the way our eyes are always on others and how they seem to be doing better than you. Making it was a way of dealing with this in a funny way."