1000 Tears aims to bring together individual moments of regret into an interdisciplinary publicly-authored project as a means of fostering community through confiding and sharing experiences. Your regrets will form the basis of a large-scale installation at Federation Square between August 22 – September 1 as part of the Melbourne Writer’s Festival.
1000 Tears draws inspiration from the decrease in subjective well-being despite the increase in affluence in Australia. Most people who rate high on their own happiness and greater satisfaction in life generally report strong links to family, friends and the greater community. We hope to increase happiness by fostering greater community cohesion as an innoculation against “Affluenza” (Clive Hamilton, Richard Denniss).
The most effective way to create human connections is through shared laughter. However, sharing recollections of happy events with others who are not part of that moment can create feelings of isolation and disconnection. E.g, “Tall poppy syndrome”, where those who are successful are summarily cut down by others, and Facebook which presents a sanitised version of one’s life resulting in viewers feeling dissatisfied with their own life due to the belief everyone else is having more fun without them.
The second most effective way to create human connections is through shared crying. This can be seen through community support in the aftermath of traumatic events as mass tragedy has the ability to create solidarity through feelings of connection and a sense of obligation by being part of a group. It is through this reasoning that our project uses regret.