This December, Building Conversation is a guest at the Independent Dance International Festival of Learning. During the festival we open our laboratory for conversation at the Siobhan Davies Studios and share our practice and, together with the participants, explore different approaches to interacting with the public.
This year we are at the Jonge Harten Theater Festival for the long awaited premiere of DYING TOGETHER / Futures!
DYING TOGETHER | Futures is the third and last part of the triptych DYING TOGETHER; an artistic practice in which we, as a team, relate to the notion of togetherness by examining moments of collective death together with audiences.
We invite you to join us in The Gathering from 20 to 23 October!
The Gathering consists of four days during which we will work with international guests and artists and hopefully you too! During the first two days, we will shed new light on existing work in two different in-depth working groups. This is followed by a two-day public program with performance and debate. You can participate in the in-depth working groups and/or the public programme.
We Are Warming Up. Like the rest of the world. But what does that mean? And, what does it do with us? From 26 to 30 October the Warming Up Festival takes place in Tolhuistuin Amsterdam. Building Conversation is part of the program with RIZOOM.
During Talking Landscapes, from May to September we conduct a series of conversations spread over eleven cities between Copenhagen and Aarhus. Talking Landscapes is a series of conversations and exchanges in rural areas that look at how we communicate.
In September we will be back at KHiO – Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Together with teachers and students we conduct Impossible Conversation in which we investigate the concept of Judgment. How do you judge an artistic work? How do you judge in an artistic context or environment?
During RASL Summer Studio 2022 Lotte van den Berg is a guest artist and mentor on behalf of Building Conversation. The ten-day trans disciplinary workshop will be held from 8 to 17 July. The theme of this year is Moving Shorelines and Floating Worlds: Re-imagining Tomorrow’s Water Climate through the Arts and Sciences.
This may, Building Conversation is a guest at Uniarts Helsinki. Together with dramaturg and curator Florian Malzacher, Lotte van den Berg gives a workshop. During the workshop Lotte will explore what embodied learning & physical thinking mean for our work and take a closer look at the works Dying together and RIZOOM in specific. During this week, Lotte wil also participate in The Arts of Assembly, XVII Assembling Knowledge.
During BoskLab and international performing arts festival PAFFF, Building Conversation continues working on RHIZOME. In the city centre of Leeuwarden, the walking forest Bosk is the starting point for further exploration. In the city, too, nature and culture are inextricably connected. What happens when we stop trying to pull the two apart and pay attention to the way we, human beings, are entangled with everything around us; skin and fibers, iron and leaf.
Starting last January, we have been organizing conversations in collaboration with Matchbox again. 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.
Building Conversation is developing (new) work under the name Constructing a Collective Gaze. We explore ways of looking together and how shared meaning forms and changes our relationship with each other. In this work, we examine the collective: what is a collective viewing experience, how is an individual experience shared in a group, and how […]
In March we travel to Norway to conduct a series of Parliament of Things at six different secondary schools. This is a collaboration with the Østfold Internasjonale Teater.
This March, Building Conversation is artist-in-residence at the Koninklijk Conservatorium van Antwerpen (BE). During this residence we open a laboratory for conversation and share our practice with the students.
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.
After the premiere in Kortrijk, A CURSE POEM will be passed on in several cities. First stop is Ghent where A CURSE POEM is part of OPENBARE WERKEN. OPENBARE WERKEN (‘public works’) is an artistic journey of discovery where Kunstencentrum Vooruit connects artists and their work with the city and its inhabitants.
In oktober reizen we af naar Slovenië en nemen we deel aan het International Festival of Contemporary Arts – City of Women.
We werken eerst een week samen met een groep vrouwen en dragen verschillende gespreksvormen aan hen over. Aan het einde van deze week begeleiden we tijdens het festival samen hen het Parlement van de dingen, Agonistisch gesprek, Impossible Conversation en Gesprek zonder woorden.
At the end of September we will be at the Humboldt Forum (Berlin, Germany) with a series of online conversations. For four days we will host the Impossible Conversation in English and German. Together with the Humboldt Forum, we have chosen a topics that relate to the changing times in which we are living.
In October we will be back in Belgium at the invitation of Kunstencentrum KAAP. This time we are part of the Festival van de Architectuur in Oostende and will host the Parliament of Things. In addition, Peter Aers will talk to programmer Stine Sampers about the Rethink & Replace project at KAAP.
On September 8 and 9, we will be at P.A.R.T.S. School for Contemporary dance and join them for the opening of the new academic year. We will be there for two days and host the Impossible Conversation on Home and Thinking Together – an experiment.
In July we travel to Santarcangelo Festival. Santarcangelo, dedicated to contemporary theatre, dance and performative arts, is one of the most important Italian festivals, as well as the oldest. With SANTARCANGELO 2050 – FUTURO FANTASTICO, the festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary while also looking to the future.
Gedurende dit hele jaar is BUDA zoveel als ze konden doorgegaan met het hosten en ondersteunen van kunstenaars, zo ook N.E.S.H.A.A. (door onder andere Peter Aers en Obiozo Ukpabi van Building Conversation, met als resultaat dat A CURSE POEM op het Almost Summer Festival op 10 juni zijn première beleeft!
On June 19 and 20 we will be present at Sånafest in Norway with several performative conversations. This time we will stay at home, but an entirely local team associated with the Oslo Internasjonale Teater – to whom we handed over the work two years ago – will carry it out and perform the Parliament […]
In June, in addition to Bruges and Milan, we will also travel to Mannheim with Washing Hands and be part of the Internationale Schillertage. This year the festival has put together a program that focuses on the theme of ‘together’. Given the challenges posed by the pandemic, what can we achieve today if we stick […]
From 11 to 15 June we will be at the FAROUT Festival in Milan (IT) with Washing Hands. FAROUT is a BASE Milan festival dedicated to contemporary creation and invites you to think about new ways of co-habitation, co-creation, and co-existence with artists, nature, the city and the community.
This year STRP Festival explores the themes of collectivity and connection together with artists, designers, philosophers and developers. Last April Building Conversation was part of the evening program Me and You and Everything We Know with Impossible Conversation on Collectivity and coming June we will participate in the festival.
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 and now because the world has changed dramatically in the last year.
Building Conversation has been invited to participate in the Water Webinars Series. This series of webinars is organized by Ghent University (Belgium), University of California Berkeley (USA) and the University of Queensland (AU). The webinars offer a wide range of perspectives on the topic of Water and are presented by experts from different fields.On February […]
Sodja Lotker (dramaturge and curator) is involved in Building Conversation as a facilitator and teaches at DAMU, The Academy for Performance Art in Prague. Prague went into complete lockdown before the Netherlands and Sodja asked us to work with a group of students on “distant dramaturgy and performance” for seven weeks. She also asked us […]
In 2019, the artists’ collective Rest for the Wicked started a research project looking at failure and participatory art practices. They collected stories and experiences that could help artists and organisations share and further develop their ambitions and practices. During the reflection day in December Rest for the Wicked will create a platform where we […]
Na internationaal gevierd beeldenkunstenaar Sarah van Sonsbeek en de Russische architect Alexander Brodsky is dit jaar Building Conversation artist in residence bij de Academie van Bouwkunst in Amsterdam. Gedurende 10 dagen werken we met 130 masterstudenten uit 37 verschillende landen, in het kader van de Winterschool.
How can a conversation be an artwork in itself?How do you question the role of the spectator?Why is it important to expand conversations beyond human beings?What has time to do with care? During the Italian festival B.Motion Danza On Zoom, Lotte van den Berg was interviewed by Peggy Olislaegers. They exchanged thoughts on words and […]
Starting From the beginning of 2020, Building Conversation has a workspace in Ter Apel. Abandoned forty years ago, the potato starch factory is overrun by trees, mosses and creepers. Roofs are falling in. Walls are collapsing. Here, we go to work by not-doing and not-acting. We leave the transformation process that begun decades ago undisturbed. […]
On 24 November, the French philosopher and sociologist Bruno Latour (1949) will receive the Spinozalens 2020 in Amsterdam. To mark the award ceremony, we are organising the educational programme Welcome to the Parliament of Things for students of year 4 in higher general secondary education (havo) and year 5 in pre-university education (vwo). This unique […]
In 2015, Cinéma Imaginaire by Lotte van den Berg premiered; a performance made by spectators who are challenged to make an imaginary film that will only exist in their heads. An invitation to experience reality in an unusual way and to look for new perspectives. Suddenly, without anyone noticing, reality turns into fiction. Two years […]
With Metropolis, we focus on the future. The impossible, uncertain future that is difficult to talk about. In this corona situation, many questions are asked about the way we have organised ourselves in society. For Metropolis, Building Conversation is a natural and necessary follow-up on the experiences from this summer’s 100-day walking project Wa(l)king Copenhagen, […]
With both new and existing work, we contemplate the current reality in which we find ourselves and we think together about the steps we are taking now. We are developing performative conversations for the online environment and are already preparing for the time when we can meet in person, even if that means maintaining a 1.5 metre distance. How do we meet now, and then? And how do we reflect on what happened to us?
In April 2017, we started our four-year tour of Amsterdam with Building Conversation, with the aim of organizing conversations for people who do not naturally meet each other.
Building Conversation op School is een programma waarin leerlingen en docenten samen onderzoeken hoe ze met elkaar spreken en kunnen spreken. Recent onderzoek naar democratische kernwaarden onder jongeren toont aan dat een open discussieklimaat in de klas een belangrijke factor is voor het bevorderen van democratisch burgerschap.