What’s it like to be someone else… of a different gender? You can get a chance to find out at this year’s Cville Pride Festival, which is hosting the Playground of Empathy’s Walk in My Shoes Closet.
It’s Art, But More Personal
This immersive, multimedia pop-up experience enables you to see the world through the perspective of someone of a different gender by existing as and engaging directly with this other gender identity.
What Happens During the Experience?
Each 30-minute experience draws on a narrative account given by a real person. You’ll:
- Wear or touch clothing and accessories of symbolic meaning
- Watch and listen to point-of-view videos reenacting gender-related memories
- Respond to reflective questions
Sign Up for the Walk in My Shoes Experience
When: Saturday, Sept. 14, between 9 and 5
Where: City Space, right next to the festival at the Sprint Pavilion
SIGN UP: Reserve a time slot now.
The Project’s Research Partners & Advisors
- Emotions researcher Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, president of the Association of Psychological Sciences and professor at Northeastern
- Dallas Ducar, psychiatric clinician at the Transgender Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital
- Lulu Miller, founding producer of NPR’s Radiolab and Invisibilia.
Visitor psychophysiological data streams are also part of a study at Northeastern testing the effectiveness of immersive experiences to innovate interventions in psychology and neuroscience.