"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his
point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it,"
- Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
The Perth International Arts Festival, in partnership with the Centre for Stories is proud to present the Australian premiere of, A Mile in My Shoes, the first major commission for the Empathy Museum (UK).
All around West Australia people are creating the stories of their lives. Be it trying or triumphant, insightful or inspiring, we would like to invite you to share your story and become a part of a growing Empathy Museum project and a collective portrait of Western Australia.
In February 2016 a giant shoe box will appear in the city of Perth. Inside, visitors will discover a unique installation offering an opportunity to see the world through someone else’s eyes. Participants will select a shoe box from the shelves containing a pair of shoes and a set of headphones. As they listen to the story of an individual they will also be invited to take a walk in that person’s shoes.
- An audio story/radio producer will contact you and have a chat to find out more about you, to listen to your story and help you find out more about the process of sharing your story. This may happen in person or on the phone and will be an informal conversation aimed at getting to know you a little better.
- Following this informal conversation the producer may then schedule a studio session with you. During this session they will conduct another conversation, this time recording it for use in creating an audio story.
- The recorded conversation will go through a post-production process and the final audio story will be included in A Mile in My Shoes.
- You will be asked to either donate a pair of your shoes or allow for a pair of your shoes to be photographed so that a replica pair can be sourced. The shoes will accompany the audio stories, allowing audience to literally walk a mile in your shoes as they listen to your story. Donated shoes will not be returned.
- All participants have the option to remain anonymous.
More about the Empathy Museum
- The Empathy Museum is the world's first experiential space dedicated to developing the skill of empathising.
- It will explore how to view life from the perspective of other people in order to transform personal relationships and inspire practical action around global challenges.
- It is a response to our increasingly hyper-individualistic world driven by consumerism, where our social circles are small, even online and where it is easy to believe that everyone shares our values.
- It explores advances in neuro-scientific research that challenge the myth that we are exclusively self-interested and suggest that empathy is a skill that can be learnt.
- It aims to bring empathy out of realm of academia into the cultural realm.
- It is a space for conversation, listening and stories that go to the core of our beliefs, values and identity. A place to learn from and understand one another.
- The project is intended to by playful and humorous as well as meaningful and engaging.
The Empathy Museum is curated by Clare Patey and produced by Kitty Ross in collaboration with writer and cultural thinker Roman Krznaric, based on ideas in his book Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution. Roman Krznaric will also deliver the Opening Address for the 2016 Perth Writers Festival on Friday 19 February 2016.
A Mile in My Shoes will open on Friday 19 February and run until Sun 6 March 2016.
If you would like to be a part of this unique experience please fill out the form below. Please do note that it may not be possible to record all the stories we receive, we appreciate that you have taken the time to submit them.