Call & Response

A quick experiment to explore the call and response aspects of protests and activism. The chants heard are all from one event, the two-day protest and counter-protest in Charlottesville on August 11-12 2017. The intention of this experiment is to highlight the similarities between the two sides of the protests. Often protests happen in isolation. Meaning, an individual protestor is surrounded by a sea of like-minded fellow protestors and the opposition is neither heard nor considered. This massive gulf between the extremes is what keeps them divided. From a societal standpoint, I’m concerned that certain groups have decidedly no interest in having rational discussions on issues important to them, and instead insist that anyone not with them is against them. As a designer, I wonder if I can emphasize the reality of the situation. In an ideal world I could design a way to get unlike groups talking.

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