THE FEELING OF EMPATHY is connected to the shared experience of shame in this interactive public installation. In Phase I, anonymous responses were collected over a period of 4 weeks. Using simple materials, a direct and unbranded aesthetic was created to tell the participants’ stories. With a simple prompt in Phase II, viewers responded to the statements by affixing a white sticker to the panels they related to — physically connecting with the feelings described — invoking a cultural response similar to a Facebook “like.” The measure of success was agreed to be the number of white stickers placed on the black boards by ‘empathic’ participants that ultimately grew to eliminate the dark background, just as empathy helps eliminate shame.
"This exhibition's exploration of shame and the power by which we can diffuse it and other complex emotions through public acknowledgement is simple, direct and beautifully executed."