ACCA opens Empathy Museum in a giant shoebox

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to walk in somebody else’s shoes? The Empathy Museum’s unique and immersive exhibit A Mile In My Shoes brings together individual stories from around the world and and invites visitors on a physical and emotional journey.

Taking the form of a giant shoe box, the exhibit will open outside the ACCA from Fri 14 – Sun 23 Sept from 11am-5pm. Coinciding with the University of Sussex Welcome Week (Mon 17 – Sat 22 Sept), entry is free and no advanced booking is required.

A collaboration between artist Clare Patey and cultural thinker Roman Krznaric, A Mile in My Shoes intends to help us see the world through other people’s eyes.

It brings together diverse life stories from around the world through audio recordings and -quite literally- peoples shoes. Each story lasts 10 minutes as you step into the life of an Australian sex worker, florist, sheep farmer or a Syrian dentist.

Starting in 2015 the Empathy Museum’s exhibit has been praised for its artistic quality and its ambition for social change through immersive storytelling and has been replicated around the world.

Laura McDermott, creative director at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, said, “In the current moment, when many forces are attempting to drive divisions between people, empathy feels more important than ever.  The Empathy Museum’s A Mile in my Shoes asks the public, in a very direct way, to consider the world from someone else’s point of view.  We hope that lots of people, especially newcomers to the city and the University of Sussex, will take some time to step into someone else’s shoes via this special work.”

Empathy Museum: A Mile In My Shoes will be open Fri 14 – Sun 23 Sept (11am-5pm), outside the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.

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