Washing Hands is a ritual devised to help re-establish more physical contact in the public space. A simple installation by design, set up in a (semi) public space. Passers-by and visitors, who may or may not know each other, are invited to sit opposite one another at a central wash basin. By then proceeding to wash each other’s hands with soap the participants safely establish physical contact.
During Impossible Conversation you will discuss a challenging topic based on personal experiences. The different perspectives present in the group come together during the conversation. Impossible Conversation is inspired by a Jesuit method in which you slow down and connect personal images by writing, reading and speaking together.
During the Parliament of Things we investigate what it means for us Westerners to speak on behalf of things, on behalf of nature. Will this remain a dualistic relation between people and things, or is it conceivable that a different relation will unfold, that we will give ourselves a different place in the universe?
Participants are invited to start conversing with each other around a white 3 x 3m square surface. Based on the topics discussed they must then visually represent their experience by positioning and moving objects in the square with consideration. Het Vlak was developed as part of We Have Never Been Modern and has been successfully performed at a number of different locations.
The Conversation Without Words is inspired by various cultural customs in which being together in silence, without speaking, is practiced. Research has shown that 60 to 80 % of our communication happens non verbally. During Conversation Without Words, we focus our attention on that part of the conversation, the part that usually goes subconsciously.
The Agonistic Conversation is a conversation between opponents. It was developed in response to the philosopher Chantal Mouffe who speaks of the importance of conflict in the political arena and calls upon the arts to help develop what she calls the ‘agonistic space’. We combine her theory with the theory and practice of Maori communities and the way they converse with each other.
Hoe kijken we naar een voorstelling? Tijdens het voor- en naprogramma
Watched and Seen ontmoeten de toeschouwers elkaar en delen ze de ervaring van het kijken. Komen we door ons bewust te zijn van onze eigen manier van kijken tot de ware voorstelling?
During Spraakmakers, we establish a space within which, as a group, we can look at something from different perspectives. Spraakmakers consists of two lessons in which we look at and talk about three works of art with students and teachers. This experience helps to foster connection rather than polarisation.
Thinking Together – an Experiment is based on the theory and practice of the American quantum physicist David Bohm, who maintains that there is a self-regulating mechanism within a group of people that allows large groups of people to speak without a moderator.
In a small group, we look at stuffed animals, live animals and works of art and reflect on our observations. We discuss the way we see, examine our assumptions and together allow mean-ing to unfold. What does looking at (dead and living) animals mean in the Anthropocene age?
Passers-by engage in conversation while looking at a work of art. The work is an opportunity for strangers to meet. The works are challenging and relate to the context in which they are placed.
Conversation For Two is an intimate conversation in public space. Two people are asked to find a suitable place to talk in public and share their most positive personal story in relation to how we connect and and interact as humans. The conversation ends with the question – ‘How can we do this more often?’.
With Time Loop we developed a way of conversing in which we look at current dilemmas from various perspectives in time. Time Loop is inspired by the practice of Indigenous communities living at the Great Lakes region in Canada. Today, short-term thinking seems more important than looking ahead or reflecting on the past. Can we extend our sense of time? Enlarge the time-space in which we live and think?