During the Periferico Festival in Modena (IT), Building Conversation is part of the program with The Agonistic Conversation and Het Vlak. Periferico is an international festival with site-specific performance practices. It takes place in several neighborhoods in the city of Modena in non-theater locations, areas that are otherwise inaccessible or hidden.
From Friday, September 29th to Sunday, October 1st, we will host a new edition of The Gathering and set up a Building Conversation atelier at the regenerative estate Yügen Forest. In this atelier, we will explore how we can shape ourselves as a sustainable ecosystem and we investigate which new forms want to be developed in the near future.
In June, Building Conversation contributed to a three-day program called Het Toekomstatelier. The program was organized by the Ambassade van de Noordzee for the College of Government Advisors. We conducted an Agonistic Conversation on a current polarized theme; migration. We concluded with the Impossible Conversation on the Malleability of the Future.
What role can art have when we look at intergenerational transmission of culture in multicultural families?
Building Conversation supports Lital Ephraim (master student of Art Education, Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg) with her research on this question.
This spring, Building Conversation and Det Lille Teater will be working together for the first time. Det Lille Teater is Denmark’s oldest children’s theater. This year they want to step out of their comfort zone and find inspiration in the world. Together with us the theater wil explore what stepping out of their comfort zone means for them.
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.
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.
Whose stories do we tell and how do we tell them? How do we engage with knowledge and sources of inspiration? As makers, how can we engage in a more reciprocal dialogue with communities, practices and knowledge centres that have inspired us? How do we connect the work we created years ago and continue to perform to today’s needs and demands?
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.
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.
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 do people construct meaning together? This work shifts the focus from the individual to the collective. How do we see as a group?
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.
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.
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 of Things, Conversation without Words and the Agonistic Conversation.
In June we will 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 together?
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.
Prague went into complete lockdown before the Netherlands and dramaturge Sodja Lodker asked us to work with a group of students on “distant dramaturgy and performance” for seven weeks. She also asked us to investigate together with the students how we can have performative interaction from a distance.
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 Building Conversation will host Impossible Conversation on Failure.
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.
During the Italian festival B.Motion Danza On Zoom, Lotte van den Berg was interviewed by Peggy Olislaegers. They exchanged thoughts on words and concepts such as equality, privilege, activism and space, and discussed how these relate to Lotte personally and to Building Conversation.
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).
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, where 100 artists have studied the condition of the city and its inhabitants during this special time. With these experiences in the bag, it is now time to look ahead.
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?