Building Conversation and Matchbox in Rhein Neckar (DE)

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.

This year our collaboration consists of two parts and will run until September. In January we started with the first part; a program in which we have a different online conversation every month. We alternate between Impossible Conversation and Distant Thoughts. This time we will try to reach even more people from the region to connect young and old people from different villages.
Last year we shared our practices with young people from the area. This year we will do the same in Neustadt (an der Weinstrasse) and Weinheim. In August and September, we will work with a group of people for a longer period in order to teach them Thinking Together – an experiment, Impossible Conversation, Agonistic Conversation, Conversation without Words and Parliament of things. Together with them we look at the theme Where the collective meets the individual.

An important part of last year’s group of young people is still actively involved in Building Conversation as a facilitator of the different performances. It is exciting to see how involved these young people are and that they feel the urge to seek out connection through conversations with each other and also to stay connected.


c: Sarah Hähnle

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Conversation without Words is inspired by various indigenous practices where people gather in silence, looking at each other without saying a word. This conversation lets us see and experience what human contact is based on and brings groups together in a very direct way.

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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.

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During Impossible Conversation you enter into conversation with each other based on personal experiences related to a challenging topic. Impossible Conversation is inspired by a Jesuit method in which you slow down and connect personal images by writing, reading and speaking together.

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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?

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Conversation without Words is inspired by various indigenous practices where people gather in silence, looking at each other without saying a word. This conversation lets us see and experience what human contact is based on and brings groups together in a very direct way.

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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.

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During Impossible Conversation you enter into conversation with each other based on personal experiences related to a challenging topic. Impossible Conversation is inspired by a Jesuit method in which you slow down and connect personal images by writing, reading and speaking together.

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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?

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Conversation without Words is inspired by various indigenous practices where people gather in silence, looking at each other without saying a word. This conversation lets us see and experience what human contact is based on and brings groups together in a very direct way.

Sat 11 September 2021
15:00 - 19:00
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During Impossible Conversation you enter into conversation with each other based on personal experiences related to a challenging topic. Impossible Conversation is inspired by a Jesuit method in which you slow down and connect personal images by writing, reading and speaking together.

Sat 11 September 2021
15:00 - 19:00
Germany

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?

Sat 11 September 2021
15:00 - 19:00
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This 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’, in which agonists are opponents – not to be confused with antagonists, enemies.
This conversation starts with a conflict that actually exists in the group and/or with a socially urgent conflict.

 

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Conversation without Words is inspired by various indigenous practices where people gather in silence, looking at each other without saying a word. This conversation lets us see and experience what human contact is based on and brings groups together in a very direct way.

Sun 12 September 2021
15:00 - 19:00
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During Impossible Conversation you enter into conversation with each other based on personal experiences related to a challenging topic. Impossible Conversation is inspired by a Jesuit method in which you slow down and connect personal images by writing, reading and speaking together.

Sun 12 September 2021
15:00 - 19:00
Germany

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?

Sun 12 September 2021
15:00 - 19:00
Germany

This 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’, in which agonists are opponents – not to be confused with antagonists, enemies.
This conversation starts with a conflict that actually exists in the group and/or with a socially urgent conflict.

 


Matchbox is an extraordinary programme of artistic discourse, spanning theatre, dance, performance, visual art, music and literature that travels through the region and manifests itself in diverse ways. It appears, disappears, re-appears, continuing on its way while leaving traces. Matchbox is a format that relies on the spirit of discovery and love of participation by the audiences in the Rhine-Neckar region for its specific projects that are individually bound to places and local people and created by artists of international renown, thus radiating beyond provincial and national borders.