An ongoing project concerned with the female* voice. Through conversations the project aims to investiagte the question of being heard and the difficulties that can entail. Using both audio and text to present the findings and provide an additative appraoch to content.
*Female as a person who identifies as female
If you’d like to contribute to this project, get in touch. To see a sketch of an experiment of how the conversations will be presented see the end of this page.
Here is a list of questions which have at times become a part of the conversations:
What do you think of your voice?
How much does your voice relate to you as a person. your identity?
How do you find using your voice? - What about your voice makes you feel that way?
Who listens to you?
Do you listen to you? What relationship, if any do you think this has to others listening to you?
Does what you say made a difference to how you live your life? What makes you say that?
Is what you have to say important? If so, to whom. Anyone outside of personal relationships?
Is it ever difficult to get people to hear you? If so in what context, can you think of an example?
Can you think of one person, institution, group who hears you?
Can you think of one person, institution, group who doesn’t hear you?
Do you have a view of your political voice? Why do you think that is?
Do you get a say?
What would you say to those who don’t hear your voice? Feel free to be as specific or vague as you want.
Do you feel like your gender is affected by who hears you? Why do you think that is?
If you had a male voice, what if any difference would that make to how you are heard?
Do you have any experience of not being heard? Would you be able to talk about it?
Have you experienced being talked over? How did this make you feel in relation to your voice?
What does it mean to you to be heard?
What would you like to say about voice?
What is the relationship to what you say and your voice?
What is the relationship between things you think and things you say?
How often do you say what you want to say? Are there particular contexts in which you don’t?
Do you feel you can say what you want? What difference does it make?
What’s the most important/ significant thing you’ve said to someone?
Is being heard a personal and or political occurrence to you? How so?
Have you ever found it useful to be quieter/ not be heard?
Is it easier to be quiet, if so why do you think that is?
Would you like to be more heard? If so how might this be made possible?
Do you think voice is related to feelings of invisibility? - Why do you think that is?
Is being heard important? if so why do you think that is?
Do you ever find speaking a challenge? Can you share an example or situation when this has occurred?
Have you ever been in a situation where you have been asked to “speak up” what happened, how did it make you feel?
Is there anything you would like to add?
Have you been in a situation where you were unable to speak?
Have you been in the situation of not listening?
What is a female voice?
What is a male voice?
What is the difference between thinking something in your heard and saying it out loud? Do you find there is a performative element to that process for you?
In what way does your voice/ what you say, make an impact?
What does it mean to keep things private – to have the option to not say things?
This is a starting point for exploring how the conversations will be used and presented.