2.5.16

Build Testimonies Of Clothing To End Victim Blame. No Excuse For Sexual Violence. I Never Ask For It






Do you recall the clothes you wore when you experienced any form of sexual harassment, violence, threat or intimidation?

Most women and girls across geographies can recall. Why is that?

Send in the clothes you wore when you experienced any form of sexual violence, threat or intimidation. Your garment is memory, witness, voice. Each garment will form a large scale installation in sites of public significance.

Garments are being collected, sent, photographed too from across the globe.



28.4.16

Application Open : Action Hero Interns Wanted

Blank Noise is accepting applications for summer internships in Bangalore!! 

We are looking for coders, programmers, writers, researchers, film makers, sound editors, singers, photographers and community builders. 

If you are interested please fill up the form here





25.4.16

Shifting the environment of warnings, one Action Hero at a time.

Aishwarya Subramanian is a Bangalore based journalist who was traveling back home in an auto when she was confronted by her auto driver for the clothes she was wearing. Her story is below. 

This man's name is Srikanth. About five minutes ago I got out of his auto. The Metre was 40 but I asked him to keep 50 as it was hot outside. And then he looks at me for a second and says - "please don't mind me but what you are wearing is inappropriate". I stand there shocked. And then I tell him clearly that as long as I am paying he has no right to tell me what I can or cannot wear. Then he gets out of the auto to tell me why I shouldn't be dressed like a slut (I am wearing a white summer dress that reaches my knee). A few men gather as I take pictures. One man who has gathered tells me that the auto driver is right. Apparently a girl who lives in a society like mine should be dressed more modestly and like a woman. I am about to start crying at this point. This is the first time I have been so publicly slut shamed. Thankfully two men who came from a junk food store I frequent and told the auto driver and the moral police that I get to wear what I want when I want. I walk away feeling shell shocked and ashamed. You want to know why we fight for our dignity? Because even the clothes we wear makes us sluts. What is the point in being a girl in this country anymore? I feel so embarrassed. My building's guard was standing right there as these men called me a slut for wearing the clothes I wore. This is who I am. These are the clothes I wear. Everyone else can fuck off. Anyone can share this post. I am done feeling ashamed for being me.
Edit: Since there are those who think I posted this without this man's consent (thereby insinuating that I am the one who's publicly shaming someone). Here's the real deal: I actually asked his permission before taking his picture and posting it on social media! He said that he wanted "his message" out because the country will agree with him and not me. I gave him far more respect than he did me. Please please don't think these pictures exist here without consent. I have it! And given how skewered the Indian mentality sometimes can be, I actually think he has a point when he says that there will be people agreeing with what he had to say.


22.4.16

Step In : Action Hero Campus Network :





i)

Campus: St Stephens, Delhi University
New Delhi , India
2015


She reports an incident of sexual violence against her professor.
It is followed by her research being stolen, she is denied access to the lab, intimidated, forcefully confined, and later even questioned as to why she ‘delay’ filing a complaint. The principal, Thampu, asks her to withdraw the complaint, to not ‘harm the reputation of the college’.

http://www.dailyo.in/politics/st-stephens-college-sexual-harassment-phd-student-complaint-valson-thampu-delhi-university/story/1/5048.html


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ii)
Campus: Brigam Young University
Utah , USA
2016


“Nothing a survivor does makes rape or any sexual assault OK,” she wrote. “By investigating victims for violations of the honor code, BYU is revictimizing those who come forward and blaming them for what happened.” -


iii)
Campus: Patna Women’s College
Patna, India
2015

"Bachelor of Mass Communication (BMC) Department students were locked up inside college classrooms and they were not allowed to join the protests and to say anything against the college administration."



Do you and your peers identify the need to end rape culture and victim blame on campus?


Call to end victim blame on campus via
Action Hero Campus Network
A global community of campus allies to end sexism, rape culture and victim blame. Co create this network. Join Now.

No Excuse For Sexual Violence   #INeverAskForIt #ReportingToRemember  





5.4.16

Call To Action: THE BOBS Award and Your Vote

Dear World Of Action Heroes,

We are thrilled to share that THE BOBS Awards has nominated Blank Noise as their Internet Hero in their Social Change category. This calls for voting and we are reaching out to you!

Link here

Thank you!

Yours truly,
Blank Noise Team 

17.3.16

Recognise. Identify. Articulate.

Sexual Violence Mind Map
Madeby 16 year old high school students in Bangalore.
New words emerge.
"Pantsing + Pungi"








To book a workshop for high school students, with Blank Noise in India, email in at blurtblanknoise@gmail.com, and we will get back to you.

4.2.16

Creating Action Heroes : Change The Way We Create and Perceive Women's Experience With Violence














The images above are frequently used by the press in India to report violence against women. The images are unwanted.
Because it perpetuates the narrative of victimhood
And closes a conversation.
Because it is stale
And reinforces a reality we need to change through the power of our imagination.

Above images researched by Mihika Row, Maria George, Madhulika Mohan and Nikhila Nanduri. Students from the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology.


Do you have a personal, desired, imagined, or lived ‪'Action Hero' response to experiences of sexual violence?
Make a sketch. Bring on its colours. Send it to blurtblanknoise@gmail.com 
It could be witty. angry. sad. calm. thoughtful.
Be you - unfiltered. This is your song.

Revisit a scenario. Imagine a response.

Guidelines and parameters:
It could include text saying NO and or I Never Ask For It .




Your visual response to building Action Heroes could take the form of a comic strip, poster, a series of facebook profile photos, gifs, stickers.

Blank Noise will host the archive. 
You are the author and creator.


What are the desired possible future of this project:
i) Select images could be a gift to press stock images, so that 
they can use these images instead of the 'crouched shamed victim' - the story that is told and perpetuated. 

ii) 
Making new imagery could inspire new narratives.
This is your script. Imagine. Desire. Create.
Assert. Insert. Occupy. Action Hero Imagery.
Hosted on the blank noise page/ website/ blog
Select imagery could be on t shirts, posters, walls.
It will be a reference and archive of desired responses

iii) We can ideate more possible desired futures of this project together. Send in your thoughts)

Guidelines to consider
* Definition of 'Action Hero'?
- Believes there is no excuse for sexual violence. 
- Refuses victim blame; to blame or be blamed.
- Takes agency and collective ownership to end sexual violence
- Fights fear
- Negotiates risk
- Is self confrontational- questions her/ his/ their bias and values.
- Seeks peaceful, non violent ways of tackling sexual violence.

Deadline. March 3rd. 2016
Submission requirement:
Medium- no restriction
Size- . (not strict but preferable 6 + inches width, 300 DPI, RGB Mode).
Format- JPEG / TIFF
Add a title
Add your name : Action Hero ____
Email : blurtblanknoise@gmail.com

With love,
Blank Noise Team


For your reference:  Showcasing Action Hero Rhea Daniel contribution from 2010. Her work has inspired and triggered this call for action. 







20.1.16

Meet To Sleep, Bangalore

Created by Action Hero Viji Chari
in response to her experience with
Meet To Sleep


" This was the second Meet To Sleep event I attended. Both time with my little daughter. And this time was really different from the first - here's how: 

The first time I did it for myself and for my child. I couldn't sleep, I had a book and a sheet to feel safe. And i was very self conscious. The space was beautiful and I did end up dozing off in the winter sun but woke up to every sound. 

The second time I did it for a larger cause. And my way of participating was to challenge myself. So no book, no sheet. I stared at the longest time at the lovely canopy and then fell into a deep, peaceful sleep. 

What really helped was Jasmeen's briefing at the start. Where the intent was communicated so well. And at the end, the sharing was longer and helped connect to the movement mot deeply. It was weird and yet so natural that a group of strangers felt a sense of safety in each others' presence. 

When my 11-year old daughter was hearing the adults share, she kept whispering back to me, "what is the big deal about sleeping in a park". While she may be too young to understand this, my hope is that with movements such as these, she would continue to ask this question even as an adult woman living in India.  "

12.1.16

2016

To our Blank Noise community
Our celebrated Action Heroes, both near and far
Here's wishing you a fearless 2016! 

A year of dialogue, imagination, desire.
A year closer to ending victim blame 
A year of solidarity and kindness.
Happy New Year! 

We continue to work with full force towards building a large scale installation of garments to end victim blame.  In 2016, we look forward to research, collaborations, workshops, talks , interventions,  live action, fund raisers, new projects and much more. We look forward to working with you. Sign up to volunteer and or intern with Blank Noise in 2016.

Shout out to the Fabulous Action Heroes in 2015. 
Here's to you! 
Aarushi Kilawa
Aayush Bhingare
Abhishek Baxi 
Abhishek Chaudhury
Abhisikta Dasgupta
Akila K
Akash Nandi
Amalie Vikse
Ameya Gutta
Amrita Ganguly
Anandi Sharan
Annie Zaidi 
Anubhav Pradhan   
Anukriti Singh
Aru Bhartiya
Asfiya Farheen
Atreyeee Majumdar
Benjamin Stewart
Bhawana Udhani
Chirag Sharma
Denisse Albornoz
Divya Gulecha
Diya Pinto
Farya Lokhandwala
Garima Gupta 
Geetu George
Ila Bhat
Insiya Poonawala
Inti Maria
Ishani Ghose
Jayati Sood 
Jesril Bastina
Judith Druhe
Kaustubh Srikanth
Kinnary Doshi
Kiri Meili
Kunal Kiran
Lakshmi Kakodkar
Lijya Perayil 
Mahesha Hiremath
Malin Mendel Westberg
Malini Roy
Manpreet Singh 
Maria del Rio Sanin
Maria Emille Burge
Meenal Jain
Megha Bhagat
Mishaal Shetty
Monica Nanjunda
Naksha Erappa
Nandini Nagarajan
Neeha Mujeeb
Nia Chari
Nirbheek Chauhan
Ojasvi Singh
Palak Khandelwal
Parul Khanna
Pragati KB
Pushpa Achanta
Dr. Preeti Chawla
Preeti Govindraja
Priloza
Pooja Kumar
Radhika Sinha 
Rajalakshmi Rajagopal
Rashi Sinha
Rishita Nandagiri 
Ritu Ganguli 
Rupali Arora 
Saptarshi Chakraborty
Satya Gummuluri 
Satyashree Sethia
Sayali Patwardhan
Seema Nair
Shailaja
Shilpa Goyal
Shreyansh
Shruti Chandrashekharan
Shristi Banerjee
Silvana Rigobon
Sufiya Jay
Suhas Gokul
Sunayana Roy
Sukriti Suryavanshi
Supriya
Suruchi Sharma
Swati Khaitan
Tashu Puri 
Teresa Gomes   
Tharunya Balan
Viji Chari
Vira Mistry 
Wolfram Thurm
Yamini Deen
Yasmeen Taj S
(incase we missed you, please report)

11.1.16

Meet To Sleep : January 16th 2016


Meet To Sleep 

Pune 
Bangalore 
Jaipur 
Delhi 

"I want to 'Meet To Sleep' because in three years, I've never been in a public space without being afraid for my safety. I want to reclaim this city and the places that are as much mine as they are anybody else's." - Action Hero Avani Tandon Vieira

"' Meet To Sleep' asks us to replace our fear with trust, and it's not an easy thing to do. It will be my first experiment with trust, and I'm excited to see how it goes."- Action Hero Kat Lieder 


Lahore 
Karachi 
Islamabad
Bombay

Goa
" I must admit the thought of not being in control in a public park petrifies me and it is precisely because of that that I'd like to do this." - Action Hero Chryselle



Alone or with a group.
With your best friend
With a stranger
Sleep. Alone. Together.
Fight Fear. 
Through Trust.
In sleep we protest.

January 16th .  2 : 30 -  5: 30 pm!

Meet To Sleep - would you Meet To Sleep where you are?
Get in touch and we will be sure to match you with an Action Hero in your location.
Detailed guidelines and exact location will be emailed on confirmation.

Also joined by Girls At Dhabas, Pakistan and Action Heroes in Pune, Bombay, Bangalore, Delhi , Jaipur and Why Loiter Mumbai.

Occupy in sleep.
Email in blurtblanknosie@gmail.com

Exact location and event guidelines will be shared on confirmation.

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Brief report of Meet To Sleep ( November 2014- December 2015)

Total number = 11
Location: Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Jaipur, Delhi
Total Number of people: 55 Action Heroes

Meet to Sleep with Interim class in November 2014 (Bangalore)
Akash Nandi, Aayush Bhingare, Diya Pinto, Manpreet Singh, Radhika Sinha, Rajalakshmi Rajagopal, Rashi Sinha
Swati Khaitan


Meet to Sleep Bangalore (published on blog on 12th December 2014):
Lijya Periyal , Shilpa Gopal, Vira Mistry


Meet to Sleep with why loiter (Mumbai) January 2015:  
Sameera Khan , Shilpa Phadke, Shilpa Ranade


Meet To Sleep Mumbai (January 2015)
Meghna Bohidar, Rishita Nandagiri, Nilima, Shilpa Phadke, Aradhna , Shilpa's mum


Meet to Sleep Pune (January 2015)
Hrutika Patole, Naksha Erappa


Meet to Sleep Bangalore Jan 11th 2015:
Bhawana Udhani, Diya Pinto, Judith Druhe, Lijya Perayil, Malin Mendel Westberg, Maria Emilie Burger, Monica Nanjunda, Nia Chari, Shilpa Goyal, Viji Chari, Wolfram Thurm


Meet to Sleep Bangalore Feb 28 2015:
Bhawana Udhani, Lijya Perayil, Maria Emille Burger, Monica Nanjunda, Rishita Nandagiri, Satya Gummuluri, Shruti Chandrashekharan, Yamini Deen


Meet to Sleep Bangalore (April 2015)
Benjamin Stewart, Inti Maria, Kaustubh Srikanth, Vira Mistry


Meet to Sleep Jaipur (November 28th):
Aarushi Kilawat, Meenal Jain , Palak Khandelwal, Parul Khanna , Satyashree Sethia, Sukriti Suryavanshi, Supriya


Meet to Sleep Pune (November 28th):
Ameya Gutta, Sayali Patwardhan 


Meet to Sleep Bangalore (November 28th):
Anandi Sharan, Asfiya Farheen, Diya Pinto, Kiri Meili, Mahesha Hiremath, Pragati KB,, Seema Nair, Shailaja, Silvana Rigobon, Sufiya Jay, Tharunya Balan. Vira Mistry. Wolfram Thurm, Yasmeen Taj S