FEVERISH WORLD SYMPOSIUM
20-22 OCTOBER 2018 – SATURDAY – SUNDAY
BURLINGTON, VERMONT, USA
Walk Unafraid Participatory Audio Installation
NAVIGATING AND REROUTING – OPEN CALL FOR AUDIO SUBMISSIONS
Using the history of the participatory ‘Walk Unafraid’ platform, and the artists’
combined experience in social movements and art, artists Gabrielle Senza and jen
berger come together to create an embodied experience of what prevents us from, and
pushes us towards walking unafraid . This installation is an immersive experience
within an 8’x8’x8’ tent. An audio recording, exploring relevant questions* will play on a
loop. Additionally, the tent will be constructed of a combination of barricade tape (see
attachments) and canvas that is primed and will provide a surface for participants to
answer some of these same questions in real time.
As socially engaged artists, part of our role is to create platforms for participation and
change; whereas politicians and policy makers rely on statistics to create change. Artists
use real life stories for meaningful impact. In an era where media is as much a part of
our days as eating and breathing, using an intimate platform, such as audio and
handwritten texts, can give participants an opportunity to contemplate some questions
that are on our minds.
Location depending, the audio will play from an mp3 audio player, and use a generator
or electricity that is run from the building near the tent. The audio will be amplified and
immersive. The audio will be collected by soliciting submissions from people responding
to the inherent questions* of this installation.
Thinking about how we continue to move forward to create social change,
we invite you to share your thoughts to the following questions:
1. What roles should artists, activists, academicians, NGOs, corporations and
governments play at this critical moment to lessen the divides that fracture our
2. What does it take to ‘show up’ and be unafraid?
*after reading this excerpt from an interview with Naomi Klein