We tend to ask ourselves big questions when we lie down to go to sleep, but we seldom talk about our thoughts the next day.
What's the Purpose of this Project? is a show about the universality of self-doubt. The show tackles self-doubt in a variety of areas. Often, we find ourselves asking “am I doing it right?” when it comes to gender, sexuality, religion, creative practice, cultural background, or scientific study. This show brings to light the fact that everyone has these kinds of questions - they make us who we are.
Part audio-essay, part-soundscape, we wanted to create a listening space where people would feel comfortable to open up to themselves, hold their self-doubt in front of them, and explore the diverse roles it plays in their lives.
People from all walks of life gave their time, allowing us to interview them about various aspects of self-doubt. Using these interviews and a good dose of sonic storytelling, we hope to open up conversations about self-doubt and mental health more broadly.
Warning: Contains mild coarse language, sustained loud noises, potentially triggering content or themes, including Mental Health
"Ultimately, there is no strain on the audience to feel any one way about the project. It is a refreshingly low-key experience. Like an invitation rather than a declaration. An invitation to meditate on the nature of self-worth but also on the connectedness of people within and across communities. An invitation into a conversation about mental health, empathy, and the value of community. I left feeling the utter not-alone-ness of people."
- Ellen Morgan Butler, Art Murmurs