Title of this project
Storytelling Soundsystem of “Silence Breaker : One Survivor’s Story”
In the midst of current #metoo movement, I’d like to focus on domestic abuse particularly for this design project. We are facing significant moments of women’s right against sexual abuse in these current issues, and there are needs to bring about more positive effects to society than just mere attentions. I would like to bring up domestic abuse against women and children for my design project because sexual abuse in domestic area could be the most hidden, and deluded part.
One of a common myths associated with DA (Domestic Abuse) is that victims of DA are helpless, passive and fragile. However, survivors are often strong, and use a number of coping strategies to manage their situation. But society’s traditional approaches to survivors such as victim blaming, stigmatization, and pathologizing make obstacles to let them speak out. Also survivors are at risks such as retaliation from perpetrators and losing their life foundations. Through this design project, I’d like to call for a change to society to the level of acting out.
I am planning to make a sound installation that reveals the cruel reality of domestic abuse against women and children. This installation will be produced in order to encourage hidden survivors of DA (Domestic Abuse) to speak out publicly or privately so that they might receive appropriate support, and enlighten general citizens the reality and prevalence of sexual abuse in family and further, influence policy-makers to provide adequate measurements.
I know personally a woman who is a survivor of DA, and I am going to record her testimony directly. Based on this woman’s real voice and true story, the installation will illustrate the space where all these horrors happened, her room. In order to give satirical and reversing notion against traditional idea of family, I will create a miniature room – as a visually scary place using vivid red color material and weirdly distorted form by laser cut and 3D printing. The structure and objects of this miniature room will follow the real room of hers based on her testimony. The room will be upside down at the top of the installation, and lots of fragments and 3d shapes will be hanging from the room miniature like a waterfall. The fragments shapes are red when it is close to the room, but as it goes down, they will turn clear/white/mirror color. This symbolizes survivor’s eventual freedom and her current status to influence other people. 3 shapes are separately put on in front of the table and they contain touch/proximity sensor. Viewers are provided a headphone, and when they touch each objects, they can hear survivor’s story turn to turn.
Diagram / Sketch
Universal Asynchronous Receiver / Transmitter : One of serial communication standards that Arduino can do with other devices. Its principle is similar to the conversation between two people. In order to have conversation, we need ears to hear, and mouth to talk. What one person talks through mouth goes to the ears of the other person. In this context, we can compare ears to RX(Receiver), and mouth to TX(Transmitter). The point is this: the data coming out of one side of TX(mouth) goes to other side of RX(ears), not TX(mouth). Which means, between different devices, RX and TX should be cross-linked.
In addition to RX and TX, electronic devices need to be linked ground to ground. Because each device has its own electric potential, unless one device’s ground is connected to another device’s ground, the data transmitted cannot be received correctly.