The Blank Noise project, which is defined as “a volunteer led community arts collective that builds public discourse towards the issue of street sexual harassment – eve teasing,” began with an exercise in which 60 girls made a map of “public space.” This map illustrated “fear, strangers, discomfort, anonymity, groping, stalking, whistling, crowd, hands, staring, vulnerable, hide,” which prompted workshops for nine urban Indian women concerning public and private identities. From there, the project expanded to include male and female volunteers, Blank Noise chapters in seven Indian cities, and throughout the globe.
So who does Blank Noise engage? Well, everyone – spectators, survivors, and men as potential perpetrators. Using the internet as a medium, these three populations actively participate in the following blogs and discuss their understandings and perceptions of what street sexual harassment really is: