A harassment simulator installed for the first time in Montpellier

“Male Poetry”
, is the name of this new artistic and immersive installation installed in Montpellier since Tuesday, November 22. Created by three artists, Frédéric Durieu, Nathalie Erin and Gilles de Boncourt, the objective is to in the skin of women victims of harassment in the street.

The principle is simple, a tunnel 8 meters long and 4 meters wide, in which the public enters. Plunged into total darkness, the viewer sees dozens of men appear on giant screens. Voices that challenge to flirt heavily, wandering hands and eyes riveted on visitors, a feeling of oppression dominates. We therefore enter the daily life of a woman harassed in the street. Frédéric Durieu digital artist, set up this corridor in a room in the city “The movements that the spectators make are taken into account, it lasts five minutes and it’s very strong”._ They worked for three years on this installation before presenting it in preview in Brussels, in Belgium then in France. The goal is to be able to make this black box travel to all the countries that want it.

Artist Frédéric Durieu worked on the project for three years
© Radio France

Adele Chiron

For the moment, the installation is in Montpellier at the Pégazy hall until December 2. It’s free and open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. inscription
(prohibited at least 16 years old). On site, you will also find local associations committed to defending women’s rights.