In Shanghai it is practice in some public parks to scream out aloud as
a form of therapy. Frustration resulting from whatever source is then
offered back into the environment from which it is born, in turn giving
the city a kind of feedback mechanism of its effect on the individual
and collective, - a very literal and explicit demonstration. I imagine
this is a purely spontaneous practice, probably having come about through
one person having made regular recitals over several weeks hence giving
birth to a subculture of sorts.
Just as a spur reaction I would like to create a forum for public screaming
in Istanbul. There are many potential contradictions in such an action,
ie: the staging of cultural phenomena in order to seed trend. It is also
an assumption of mine (having never been there) that Istanbul is in a
state of frustration, as are most large cities, in need of such therapy!
Nevertheless the ‘forum’ could result in just one person coming
along to vent. In this sense the potential success or failure of such
an event in terms of numbers is a chemistry secondary to gesture.
Given acceptance to this project I must also mention that the idea is
likely to drastically change and is subject to further research and trial.
In terms of an infrastructure for such a project I imagine it may have
to be conducted through megaphones at first and perhaps acoustically at
a later stage. The main means of disseminating the existence of such practice
could be through local media such as newspaper and perhaps even radio.
The costs of setting this up would be the purchase of media space as well
as operation costs involved in maintaining a central area or training
centre for practice. A translator for several stages of the project would
also be necessary