Anonymous You is a public interactive installation that challenges the audience to anonymously post a secret to the audience around them. “Secret” being something they keep hidden for any reason – shame, fear, etc. The confessions are then projected randomly in the public space. The user is also given a choice on how long until the secret is released.
The project explores our societies culture of posting our “whole selves” yet in reality, we are keeping half our lives hidden. We fear these topics are too difficult to share or we will receive judgment. We assume we are the only ones with these secrets – when really each of us has at least one.
Our society has slowly accepted therapy as a means for self-care, but it is still kept out of our daily conversations or discussions. A great deal of healing can come from revealing your troubles to another person. However, this is often very hard for people to do outside of a therapist’s office, etc.
Anonymous You. gives the user an opportunity to “post” a side of their lives that is never seen or is weighing on them – without the vulnerability and identity often attached. It gives the audience the opportunity to see visually how many secrets are being kept hidden juxtaposed by being in the same space with those exact people who posted them. This will hopefully push them to contribute a secret as well.