Commissioned by LIFT for Virgin, “Embodying Empathy” is an immersive installation that explores everyday power structurs and interactions across cultures and social hierarchies, challenging the distance between those in power positions and those subject to that power. Centered around 4 sculptures that bring to life 4 common interactions in business, “Embodying Empathy“ invites global leaders to meet each other through the sculptures.
The sculptural “imprints” act as physical records of everyday interactions, bringing to life common gestures in business; a hug, a handshake, a hand on the shoulder, and standing and talking. By inviting participants to interact with each other through these imprints, the experience aims to challenge the distance these ritualistic interactions create between people. This distance, always present but never acknowledged, can be physical, emotional, mental, cultural, social, political or economic.
The un-occupied space in-between physical objects is often called “negative space”. “Embodying Empathy“ proposes the question: can the space really be negative if it’s where everything positive: empathy, emotion, connection, can exist? By occupying this space in-between together, the participants try to transform the so-called negative space into a positive space.