Part shoe-shop, part audio-portrait, A Mile in My Shoes is the exciting debut event for The Empathy Museum, created in collaboration with the people that live and work on the banks of the Thames.
“The biggest deficit that we have in our society and in the world right now is an empathy deficit. We are in great need of people being able to stand in somebody else’s shoes and see the world through their eyes.” Barack Obama
A Mile in My Shoes is an audio portrait of a square mile in Wandsworth created in collaboration with local residents and members of the community and is presented to the public as an interactive shoe shop. Visitors are fitted in with the shoes of another person and invited to walk a mile along the riverside while being immersed in a narrative of this stranger’s life. The project creates a snap-shot in time and exposes the role of the River Thames in the lives of the people who live and work on its banks.
Co-commissioned by Thames Festival Trust, A Mile in My Shoes is the first outing of a two-year, multi-location participatory project developed by artist/producer team Clare Patey and Kitty Ross with cultural thinker Roman Krznaric that will lead to the creation of The Empathy Museum.