Empathy Hour



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Photo by Natasha Pawlowski.

A Mile in My Shoes is an interactive, travelling audio work in which visitors are invited to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes—literally. Housed in a giant shoebox and set to be presented in the Arts Centre’s forecourt from 1–17 November, it is composed of stories—and shoes—from people in Melbourne and across the world. Specifically, Melbourne’s iteration of A Mile in My Shoes investigates their relationships with water. We encourage you to drop into the Arts Centre forecourt, just over the road from MPavilion, and discover thirty-five tales from all walks of life: an eighty-one-year-old rower, a marine biologist, a Vietnam War veteran and even an English migrant with a fear of water. Pop someone else’s shoes on, as well as a pair of headphones, and listen to their story!

Just as the installation is concluding, join us for this event and welcome a panel from Arts Centre Melbourne, who will discuss how projects like A Mile in My Shoes can transform our relationships with others; and, in doing so, how they can help tackle global challenges such as prejudice, conflict and inequality.

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Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.