Salon broke new ground nearly two decades ago when we launched one of the first “online magazines.” At the time, nobody knew what to make of this scrappy new site — and most predicted it wouldn’t last long. Salon has not only lasted, but thrived. Today, we’re embarking on another experiment with our first-ever video platform.
We want to capture the spirit of risk and exploration that permeated Salon back in those “Wild West” days of the mid-1990s. Salon Studio will feature original and curated videos ranging from political satire to musical performances to explorations of sexuality. Some of the productions will be highly polished, some of them will be raw and gritty — but we don’t want any of it to be predictable.
Our goal is to create a constantly evolving ecosystem of independent artistry in motion. Salon is known for breaking new talent and taking risks, and we’re going to continue that tradition. As you’ve hopefully noticed with our new daily comedy series “I Read the News Today, Oy Vey!” Salon Studio will also try to live up to Salon’s reputation as a place to find intelligent, entertaining critiques of The Powers That Be.
In addition to our original features, Salon Studio will showcase independent videos from emerging filmmakers in partnership with Sundance Institute, shorts from SeeFlik, live musical performances from the PBS Arts “Quick Hits” series, curated music videos featuring the artists of Concord Music Group, and more.
Check out the video above to catch a glimpse of some of the new shows we’re starting to roll out — and follow us on Twitter at @Salon_Studio to catch the latest clips.