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Building Conversation – The way we speak influences the future we create

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.  


Wat Building Conversation doet? Het zorgt ervoor dat je je heel anders tot elkaar gaat verhouden. Het is een soort oefening in mens-zijn.


Building Conversation geeft handvatten om met elkaar in gesprek te gaan en te blijven, ook als je een heel andere mening hebt. Indrukwekkend hoe je bijvoorbeeld samen een ander beeld van de toekomst kunt maken. Het geeft hoop, verbindt mensen.



Bij Building Conversation merk je hoe je de ander nodig hebt om tot nieuwe inzichten te komen en hoe sterk je eigen overtuigingen zijn. Dit inzicht is de bron van maatschappelijke cohesie volgens mij.



From March till June Building Conversation will be a guest and host at the Oslo National Academy of Arts with a series of 5 conversations. This month we’re hosting Impossible Conversation. A conversation inspired by a Jesuit method in which you slow down and connect personal images by writing, reading and speaking together.

What does it mean to care? How can we talk about giving care in these times?

In May Building Conversation is part of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA).
The program of SIFA 2021 reflects on the impact of the pandemic and is curated around the themes care, compassion and community. It features artists who have learned to adapt and showcases work that can reach audiences around the world using a variety of technologies. With Building Conversation we conduct a series of Impossible Conversations on the themes of Care, Risk, Obedience and Trust.

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Building Conversation and Matchbox in Rhein Neckar

Starting last January, we have been organizing conversations in collaboration with Matchbox again. Our collaboration started three years ago during the Democracy Festival HAMBACH! Matchbox is a cultural organization that focuses on the rural surroundings and involves its inhabitants in art projects from their own region and the rest of Europe. Last year we shared […]

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Building Conversation at Oslo National Academy of Arts

From March till June Building Conversation will be a guest and host at the Oslo National Academy of Arts with a series of 5 conversations. In this series we invite you to explore with us how we as persons and professionals relate to current themes like Freedom of expression, Exclusion and Climate Change.We have left […]

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Singapore International Festival of Arts

Coming May we will be part of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2021. SIFA is an annual festival that has been showing a diverse range of theater, music, dance, film and visual arts from all over the world since 1977. This year’s program has been curated as a direct response to the here […]

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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 […]


Rotterdam in conversation

From March 26 to April 16 we will in co-operation with Theater Rotterdam organize four conversations at four special locations in Rotterdam. Building Conversation gives attention and care to the way we speak to each other with different forms of conversation. Just outside daily reality, the political topicality, apart from existing tensions, urgency and effect, […]


Building Conversation in De Balie for Forum on European Culture

The artist collective Building Conversation challenges you to start a conversation with your European fellow citizens. Do you dare break out of your daily bubble and take part in a genuine conversation? The increasingly divided European society is crying out for renewed attention to the need for conversation between people. Nowadays, people who disagree with […]

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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

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

Esther Eij – esther[at]buildingconversation.nl

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

Coördinatie Building Conversation Amsterdam
Saar van Blaaderen – saar[at]buildingconversation.nl

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