Cacophony is a sound installation meant to engage the participant in the everyday experiences of women and LGBTQ individuals who experience street harassment. According to Stop Street Harassment.org, street harassment is defined as "unwanted comments, gestures, and actions forced on a stranger in a public place without their consent and is directed at them because of their actual or perceived sex, gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation."
The sound installation consists of recorded re-enactments of the text submitted by real people who have been harassed. The audio will be recorded onto motion-activated speakers placed throughout an outdoor walkway. Starting far apart, as you walk through the space the catcalls and harassment become more and more frequent, coming from all angles. As you near the end of the path, the sound builds into a discordant cloud of violent language. The experience is meant to put audience members into the path walked by women and LGBTQ individuals everywhere, bringing home the traumatic affects of accumulated verbal and sexual harassment over a lifetime. The creator hopes that this will make a significant impression on those people who would harass others, leading them to question their behavior and feel empathy towards those they have harassed. Additionally, this project is dedicated to those people killed or attacked for rejecting or speaking against their harassers and to give a voice to those who cannot speak out.
This is a collaborative effort - we need your voices! If you are one of the millions of people dealing with catcalls and street harassment, please share your story with us. All submissions will remain anonymous. It can be as simple as one sentence you'll never forget, a detailed explanation of an unwanted noise or gesture, or a list of incidents. If you'd like to submit, please use our form under the "SUBMIT" tab at the top of this page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is still under development with installation date TBD.
If you would like to submit your experience to be used in the project, please click the "Submit" tab at the top of this page. All submissions will be anonymous.
If you would like to donate your skills, money, or services to this project, please email email@example.com.
ABOUT THE CREATOR
Rachel Knox is a writer living in Brooklyn, NY. This is her first sound installation.