Event Title

Breaking the Silence

Location

Old Dominion University, Learning Commons at Perry Library, East Foyer

Start Date

8-4-2017 8:30 AM

End Date

8-4-2017 10:00 AM

Description

The main goal for Breaking the Silence was to create a site-specific installation/performance addressing sexual assault. I wanted to express the violation of a victim’s innocence in his or her own voice. My research for this project included therapy, psychology, as well as my own personal experiences. I was inspired by the work of Marina Abramović, especially her Rhythm series. In my research I focused on how she trained herself for each of her performances. My training included sitting still for a set amount of time each day. With the help of ODU’s Women’s Center, Breaking the Silence received input from a professional therapist, statistical information, publicity, and permission to perform the piece. While the performance received significant publicity, including local news coverage, for me, the success of this project was hearing about viewers who were able to get professional treatment afterwards.

Presentation Type

Art Work

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Breaking the Silence

Old Dominion University, Learning Commons at Perry Library, East Foyer

The main goal for Breaking the Silence was to create a site-specific installation/performance addressing sexual assault. I wanted to express the violation of a victim’s innocence in his or her own voice. My research for this project included therapy, psychology, as well as my own personal experiences. I was inspired by the work of Marina Abramović, especially her Rhythm series. In my research I focused on how she trained herself for each of her performances. My training included sitting still for a set amount of time each day. With the help of ODU’s Women’s Center, Breaking the Silence received input from a professional therapist, statistical information, publicity, and permission to perform the piece. While the performance received significant publicity, including local news coverage, for me, the success of this project was hearing about viewers who were able to get professional treatment afterwards.