Building Conversation

We declare love with words, we start wars with words, and we raise our children with words. From the first day until the last day, a person uses approximately eight billion words. We read and hear five times more. We use 4.400 sentences daily, during 21 conversations. Human culture is all about conversation and speaking. Europe is a conversation, the Netherlands is a conversation, we are a conversation. Building Conversation does exactly that; give attention to the way we speak. Outside our daily reality, free from existing tensions, free from our striving towards expedience, we create a space in which we can practice conversation. We invite you to join.

 

What does Building Conversation do? It challenges the way we view one another. A sort of practice in how to be human.

Mara 

Building Conversation provides us with a means to truly engage and sustain healthy conversation, especially welcoming difference of opinion. How inspiring is it, for example, to create an alternate vision of the future together? It gives real hope and inextricably links us

Krista 

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Building Conversation helps you realise how much we rely on others to gain new insights and how strong our own convictions are. I believe these insights form the social glue that bind us.

Kas 

Calendar

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Projects

Building Conversation at Zurich University of the Arts

For one week, Building Conversation is artist-in-residence at Zurich University of the Arts. During this week we open a laboratory for conversation and share our practice with dramaturgy and directing students.

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Premiere RIZOOM at Jonge Harten Theater Festival Groningen

Op zaterdag 20 november beleeft het nomadisch kunstwerk RIZOOM haar première. Op zondag 21 november gaat ook de voorstelling DYING TOGETHER / Futures in première. Beide performances maken deel uit van het Future is Coming programma van het Jonge Harten Theater Festival Groningen. Lotte van den Berg, die de regie voert over beide werken, is artist-in-residence van het festival.

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Washing Hands at the Tropenmuseum Amsterdam

During Museumnacht Amsterdam, Washing Hand can be seen at the Tropenmuseum as part of the Healing Power exhibition.
The exhibition provides insight into different forms of healing power and looks at how we can relate to each other now that the world as we knew it is turned upside down.

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15-09-2021

— Premiere RIZHOME 20 november during Jonge Harten Theaterfestival — Join us at a try-out

This autumn we are working on the creation of RHIZOME, a nomadic work of art which takes us to various deserted and overgrown industrial sites across Europe. Here we begin to search for a new form of dialogue regarding the people and things which surround us. We bring the rizomatic thinking and speaking into practice […]

01-06-2021

The Experience Archive

Building Conversation is working on an upcoming reflection project called The Experience Archive. In Building Conversation, we believe and respect the importance of the participants, since it is a platform made for and by them. Our mission is to activate people to approach their own conversation culture like an artist and reflection is an important […]

05-06-2018

The North Sea Ambassy

On June 1, 2018, the Embassy of the North Sea was established at Lange Voorhout 19 in The Hague, based on the starting point: the sea is by itself. Representatives presented the North Sea as an independent entity, as its own political body with self-determination from 2030. From now on the North Sea is a […]

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About

Building Conversation is a platform for Dialogical Art, which concentrates on the meeting of art, conversation and society.

In the dialogical art movement, which came into being in the 1970s, the conversation itself is presented as a work of art. Drawing on this politically engaged artistic practice, Building Conversation develops performances inspired by existing conversational practices from all over the world; from indigenous communities in New Zealand and Canada, to Occupy, Facebook and the root system of trees.

We have great faith in the possibility of actively contributing to the creation of new social and ecological forms of coexistence. We set to work on the basis of an active hope, in spite of and in reaction to the dystopian world described to us by science, politics and the media. In all our work we invite the public to be a co-creator and partner in conversation, the most important aim being to communicate the emancipatory power of the arts to as many people as possible in as many different places in society as possible.

Why The way we participate in social and ecological structures has to change. There is an urgent need for clear and unflinching reflection on the position we occupy, both in the world and in relation to each other. The increasing inequality between people and between man and nature demands a radical review of the value system our coexistence is based on.

Mission Our mission is to activate people to approach their own conversation culture like an artist. We challenge people to take charge of the reflection on and shaping of the way we talk to each other. With the aim of conscious participation in conversation in a dynamic social structure, while keeping in mind all the living beings with whom we coexist.

Vision The art space is a place for life exercises. Here, detached from everyday reality, we can reflect, rethink and reform in a free and experimental space. Practice, rehearsal and sketching are not preparatory side-effects of art, but the essence of what art is and should be. We establish art as an exercise area and as such return it to the world. An exercise area not just for professional artists, but even more for anyone who feels the need to rethink the structures within which they live.

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Building Conversation

Tolhuisweg 2
1031 CL Amsterdam
info[at]buildingconversation.nl

Artistiek
Peter Aers – peter[at]buildingconversation.nl
Lotte van den Berg –  lotte[at]buildingconversation.nl
Daan ’t Sas – daan[at]buildingconversation.nl

Zakelijk
Esther Eij – esther[at]buildingconversation.nl

Productie
Yola Parie – yola[at]buildingconversation.nl
Yoka van Zuijlen – yoka[at]buildingconversation.nl

Marketing & communicatie
Danielle Hielckert – danielle[at]buildingconversation.nl
Klaartje Wouters – met verlof

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