You are sitting on the tram on your way to work, minding your own business, when there’s a sudden commotion and you look up from your newspaper; a man is standing over an Ethiopian boy, yelling racist remarks into his face. The boy seems distressed, but all around him the other passengers cast their eyes elsewhere.
What would you do?
This is the scenario used in the Feeling Threatened experience at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne, as a part of the Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours exhibition.
Feeling Threatened explores the theme of ‘Denying and Rejecting Diverse Identities.’ It is a highly confronting, emotional and immersive experience where the visitor experiences for themselves the combination of subtle and overt discrimination and where this can lead, especially if they don’t take action to challenge that sort of behaviour.
The experience allows participants to see the viewpoint from different angles; victim, perpetrator and witnesses. The story has been carefully crafted with the help of real life scenarios and expert advice, so that the Feeling Threatened interactive experience is as authentic as possible.