MJ Han


Interactive Video


The interactive video installation creates an audiovisual environment to raise awareness for Social Anxiety. The inspiration comes from my personal experience with the condition in the past, where I suffered from selective mutism and fear of social situations, without recognising these as a sign of illness, as do many sufferers of social anxiety.

Social Anxiety is a chronic problem and sufferers function with enormous effort and pain. It is a discomfort when a person is in social interactions that involve a concern about being judged or evaluated by others. It is typically characterized by a fear of embarrassment, criticism, or rejection, which results in the individual feeling insecure. The results of this are fear and anxiety within social situations, and the assumption that peers will automatically reject them.

Through this project, I hope for people to experience and become more accepting to see beyond the shyness of sufferers, taking the role in helping them overcome the condition. With more acceptance and care, sufferers would be able to naturally build confidence and restore their quality of life, without the need of medication or counseling.