Post 361 – by Gautam Shah


Expression is intentional and involuntary, and together reflect the human behaviour. Both types of expressions, though occur under certain protocol and situational conditions. For both manifestations one exploits the spatial assets and environmental provisions. Expressions also take advantage of functional elements such as the reach tools, amenities, facilities and structures. Modification of such existing conditions is also an expression of behaviour. Expression is aided by many conditions. The characteristic style of architecture and the interior configurations inspires many to express. The environmental conditions like, illumination, acoustic and comfort affect the nature of expression.

Three generations of Women

Intentional expression is personal process, and is in consideration of the others, but involuntary expressions are not meant for anyone. Intentional expressions are acknowledging the physical characteristics of the participants such as age, sex, experience, body posture, mental adequacy and maturity, time and distance, nature of need, compulsions, disposition, etc. The involuntary expressions are so subtle, casual and sudden that neither the person expressing or the party perceiving it, fails to notice it. Both types of expression are a way of venting the emotions. Involuntary expressions have very complex origin, not all aspects of it have yet been known.

Expressions occurring through the body’s gestures and postures, are perceived by others. However, one may try to conceal or suppress such a display. Expressions are sometimes masked or moulded by postures and gestures, and also with the help of spatial characteristics, architectonic entities, environmental elements, amenities and facilities. Expressions can be also time-managed by rescheduling that is hastening or delaying the effects.

Intentional expressions have a purpose of informing, recording, recollecting, inciting, convincing, putting forth an argument, generating feedback, forcing showing feelings, ideas, thoughts, opinions, re-experiencing, recollecting, abridgement, elaboration or re-enactment of a happening.

Expressions are aided by the contextual conditions like spatial form, shape, size, scale, environment and surface materials. Other aids include referencing through position, orientation, background vs foreground, angle and nature of perceptibility, degree of sufficiency for various body functions (reach capacity, comfort, metabolisms, etc.). These aids simplify, amplify, de-intensify, amalgamate, compact, quicken or retard the rate and contents of expression. In absence or dilution of these ‘effects’ the expression may not be very operative.

Gestural expression -Intentional

One may make an intentional expression by using body gestures and postures, but additionally support it by other sensorial means like vocal and touch. Non-personal or absentia expressions through remote means like telephone, broadcasting or publications use various means of emphasis (or even diffusion) (repeat, highlight, placement, emphasis) to support the expressions. Like for example, speaking face to face or frontal-way is a very direct but can be diffused by slightly off-centric or angular dealing. Similarly a superior delivery position, a static and clear background, appropriate lighting, clothes, etc. reinforce it.

‘Classical’ expressions occur within a geographical-social-political group due to the very intense and frequent usage. These are abstract and brief due to their heavy reliance on metaphoric vocabulary. Expression as an impromptu process is accompanied with use of learnt or improvised behaviour. ‘One emulates a child by mirroring the behaviour’. Expression during the interactions, are affected by the modes of transactions, such as one way or two-way, or multiple ways, and by use of feed-forward and feedback mechanisms. Intentional expressions get improvised the moment a perceiver shows reactions.

Expressions for aesthetic satiation are always intentional. Expression for aesthetic satiation occurs through representative forms like singing, writing, art, craft, etc.

The Crown of Thorns by Matthias Stom

Expressions process let a person to organize and rationalize the thoughts, and format the contents. The act of expression also allows recognition of time and space. It allows one to emphasize and de-emphasize whole or parts of the content.


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