October 17, 2018

How do we define human empathy and communication?

Matt Gibb


People often fail to communicate and empathise with each other, and my entry explores the ways we have of defining empathy. Empathy often comes unexpectedly, induced by an inanimate object or abstract idea, yet we are capable of a total lack of empathy in certain contexts. The song’s lyrics concern the different levels of openness and willingness to share and support others that people can display, and the video seeks to support that. By evincing reactions from a range of people to abstract, emotionally charged questions and showing scenes of slight discomfort or dissonance, I hope to include the viewer/ listener in a dialogue of empathy and communication which will make the viewer think about the ways in which they relate to friends, strangers, and objects and ideas in the context of understanding.