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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.

How do we speak? How do we deal with words? How successful, smart, aggressive or loving are we in conversation?

We maintain our car, our house, our body. We exercise, follow diets, plan major cleaning and home remodeling. We get our car MOT checked yearly. But when do we pay attention to the way we speak, to the way we connect with the people around us?

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.

Upcoming

Thu 15 November 2018
10:00 - 13:00

Building Conversation Kreativcamp 2018

#Hamburg #Mutik #Germany
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Thinking together – an experiment, guided by Angelika Fink.

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05-06-2018

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 […]
30-03-2018

A weekend full of conversations in Amsterdam Oost

On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April, we will conduct a series of conversations on and around Javaplein. We conduct the Conversation without words, Time loop, Parliament of things and the (Im)possible conversation. You can choose on which day you want to participate, but you can also put together your own conversation program in advance. […]
09-03-2018

(NL) Verbeelding aan de macht!

Sorry, this entry is only available in Dutch. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. 1968 was een revolutionair jaar waarin wereldwijd conservatieve systemen en traditionele maatschappelijke verhoudingen werden aangevochten. Ook in Gent roerden studenten én proffen […]
27-02-2018

(NL) Aftrap gespreksmarathon Amsterdam Oost

Sorry, this entry is only available in Dutch. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. Al jaren voeren we met Building Conversation gesprekken binnen de context van de kunsten en op internationale theaterfestivals. In april 2017 zijn […]
26-02-2018

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, […]
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(NL) Woorden hebben nog een tijdje aangevoeld als een masker waarachter ik me verschuilde.

(NL) Daan about Conversation without words
(NL) Munchen, 2015

(NL) Ik heb een draaikolk in mijn hoofd van een voortrazend gesprek in steeds nauwere cirkels van terugkerende woorden. Af en toe floept er een vis uit de draaikolk om vervolgens weer opgeslokt te worden door het draaiende water van de conversatie.

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About

Building Conversation was developed by a collective of artists and executed and held by a growing group of people all fascinated by what happens when we meet in conversation.

It is the mission of Building Conversation to contribute to a moving and changing society, a society in which we practice in agility of thinking and feeling. In order to achieve this we create conditions in which exchanging perspectives can be practiced in conversation. We create a practise-space that allows you to let go of existing patterns of action, to experience different ways of acting and how these effects us. By doing so, we investigate and discover how we should and can talk to each other.

(NL) Partners

(NL) Twee jaar geleden hebben we besloten onze cirkel aan contacten te vergroten en op zoek te gaan naar samenwerkingen op scholen, binnen bedrijven en bij gemeenten

Third Space Foundation

(NL) Third Space, de derde ruimte, is noch de ruimte van de bestaande fysieke realiteit noch die van de fantasie. Het is de ruimte waarin alternatieve scenario’s voor de werkelijkheid mogelijk worden.

Future

(NL) We willen Building Conversation als netwerk, als platform, uitbouwen met behulp van zoveel mogelijk deelnemers en partners in binnen- en buitenland.

History

(NL) Het idee voor Building Conversation ontstond na een publieke brainstorm op het strand van Terschelling. Uitgangspunt van deze brainstorm was het ontwikkelen van een project waarbij bezoekers vanaf het begin betrokken zouden worden als mede-creators en deelnemers.

The Collective

(NL) Building Conversation is ontstaan op initiatief van Lotte van den Berg en Daan 't Sas en uitgegroeid tot een collectief van kunstenaars, filosofen, activisten en aanverwanten.

Het was magisch om het leven even op ‘pauze’ te zetten en ons terug te trekken in een spannende maar veilige bubble

The Collective

A growing collective of artists

Building Conversation was initiated by Lotte van den Berg and Daan ‘t Sas and has grown into a collective of botanicals, philosophers, activists and affiliates. All fascinated by what happens when you meet in conversation. Below, a number of them share their thoughts.

Ligia Soares Building Conversations is one of the artistic projects I was taking part of that felt really urgent, really essential to our present days and practices and built from a very genuine urge of a beautiful team. Its simplicity and its transparency give room to one of the deepest and sophisticated experiences I’ve ever had together with other people, and that made me believe that relations and social interactions have much more to give then what we are usually expecting. – Ligia Soares is performer and dramatist, living in Lisbon.

Sodja Lotker Joining Building Conversation has changed the way I experience being with other people. I have realized that me and my thoughts and my being are much more open and stronger when connected to other people. I have exchanged ‘struggle’ and independence for ‘listening’ and gentle dependence. This has made my creativity and everyday life much richer and more complex as well as more ‘smooth’… simpler. Ultimately, I think it has enabled me to be more connected to reality. As a dramaturg one has to be a good listener, but through Building Conversation I realized what ‘listening’ really is. It is ‘being in the moment’, ‘being with others’ within perceiving one’s own identity being in constant change, state of ‘becoming’. I am addicted to ‘thinking together’ and I now try to do it all the time, whenever I am with people. – Sodja Lotker is dramaturge and curator, living in Prague.

Katja Dreyer To me Building Conversations is a commitment that you make with each other to be together within in different clearly defined formats. This commitment opens up space between people, in this space different ways of meeting happen. The different formats make you aware of where your comfort zone stops and  invite and provoke you to step out of your comfort zone, the different formats also protect you. Building Conversations invites to participate and is carried through mutual responsibilities. Everyone has got a voice, even in the format that functions without words. – Katja Dreyer is performer and dramatist, living in Brussels.

Building Conversation is created and performed by Peter Aers, Andreas Bachmair, Lotte van den Berg, Ewout Bomert, Katja Dreyer, Angelika Fink, Adelijn Huis, Floor van Leeuwen, Sodja Lotker, Dennis Molendijk, Jonathan Offereins, Zdravko Popovic, Bart van Rosmalen, Myriam Sahraoui, Daan ’t Sas, Ligia Soares, Iwona Soczewka, Marija Sujica, Justina Wielgus, Agata Wittchen-Barełkowska and others.

(NL) Gespreksbegeleider Floor van Leeuwen tijdens Building Conversation in Kortrijk

History

When we build together, what is it we build?

Building Conversation arose after a public brainstorming session on the beach of Terschelling during Oerol 2013. The guiding principle of this brainstorm session was the development of a project in which visitors would from the beginning be involved as co-creators and participants.

Ten days in a row, we had many conversations with many different people, every day. “If we build something together, what is it build?” We asked. “What do we really need?

We soon noticed that the conversation itself was of great value. The people who came by experienced it
as special to be invited to an open conversation in which they could really participate.

They noted they had rarely experienced such a situation, and indicated the need for more. “A conversation is a structure too,” said one of our guests. “You build with words, instead of with brick,” she said with a laugh. “Building conversation,” she added, “that would be a good title.”

A rough sketch of history

2013 Public brainstorm during Oerol 2013

2014 Development of Conversation without Words, Thinking together – an experiment, Agonistic conversation, (Im)possible conversation, and Waterfall of Values.

2015 Tour through the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany

2016 Development Parliament of Things, Timeloop and General Assembly. Development Building Conversation at School.

2017 Start City Tour Amsterdam in Amsterdam Noord

 

Illustration: Ank Daamen

(NL) Het Agonistisch gesprek was net een yogaoefening. Eerst de spier kort aanspannen met ingehouden adem en daarna deze loslaten.

(NL) Een gast op Thinking Planet, Filosofie Festival (2018) about Agonistic Conversation

Future

Platform for experiment and practice

Already for a number of years, the call for dialogue as a connecting process in society has been great. That call has only become larger. Increasing social unrest makes us yearn for times when opposing interests and seemingly unsolvable conflicts can be dealt with jointly. By no means is this simple.

Societal issues have been sharpened, people are increasingly fixing their positions and viewpoint, and  increasingly end up juxtaposed to one another. Many conversations seem out of the question and, worse, we seem to take the situation for granted. We as Building Conversation challenge ourselves to find a place for and shape these unexecuted conversations.

We want to build Building Conversation as a network, as a platform, with the help of as many participants and partners at home and abroad as possible. Our ambition is to create more awareness about the way we speak to each other.

 

(NL) Partners

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We streven ernaar grenzen te slechten en gesprekken te organiseren voor mensen die elkaar niet vanzelf tegenkomen. Twee jaar geleden hebben we besloten onze cirkel aan contacten te vergroten en op zoek te gaan naar samenwerkingen op scholen, binnen bedrijven en bij gemeenten. Onze natuurlijke habitat is de kunstensector en juist daarom is het meer dan waardevol te ervaren wat het werk dat we doen hier buiten kan betekenen.

Ben je benieuwd wat Building Conversation kan betekenen binnen jouw context? Aarzel niet en stuur ons een bericht.

Building Conversation werkt(e) samen met Partizan Publik, Oerol, Theaterfestival Boulevard, Artemis, Over het IJ festival, Zina, Gemeente Amsterdam, Sandberg Instituut, Modestraat, Huis van de wijk De Meeuw, Pulchri Den Haag, Theater Rotterdam, MU Eindhoven, Het Huis Utrecht, Theatro Nacional d. Maria 2 Lisboa, Scene Salzburg, Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu, Festival Woordnacht Den Haag, APAP Network, INSITU Network, Frascati, Pakhuis de Zwijger, De Balie, European Endless Express, Buda Kortrijk, Kaaitheater Brussel en vele anderen.

Building Conversation wordt mede mogelijk gemaakt door Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst en Fonds Podiumkunsten.

Building Conversation - Münchner Kammerspiele.

Third Space Foundation

Art as room for practice

Building Conversation is a Third Space Foundation project, established in early 2015 to support theater projects by Lotte van den Berg. Third Space, the third space, is neither the existing physical reality nor is it fantasy. It is the area in which alternative scenarios to reality become possibilities. It is the area in which everything comes together, an area that brings together extremes without eliminating the difference.

We create temporary public spaces within the framework of art. Spaces between and among people, in which we elevate our social (in)ability to a subject and initiate an interpersonal process. Not theaters, or museums, but studios rehearsal rooms and sketchbooks are the most valuable spaces within the arts. Our goal is to offer this room of practice to the public.

Building Conversation is made possible by Fonds Podiumkunsten and Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.

Third Space

 

Program

Over the years Building Conversation has been holding conversations at international arts festivals and in local theatres. Now we feel the need to explore what Building Conversation could mean when we stay in one place for a longer period of time; when we truly create time and space. Our polarising society seems in desperate need for conversations between people. How do we create the right conditions in which we dare to enter this ‘dialogue’?

Starting this year we not only hold conversations on international arts festivals, but also in the city of Amsterdam (Stadstraject), around the elections (Alternative Political Practices) and together with secondary school students (Scholentraject).

Alternative Political Practices

Voting rights for things, all debates without a chairman, a silent Prinsjesdag and speakers lying down in the council chamber. Building Conversation proposes radically alternative political practices. Many of the forms of conversation developed by us are inspired by alternative political practices. Such as the annual meeting of Inuit tribal chiefs which takes place in […]

On tour

Building Conversation originated in close collaboration with festivals such as Oerol and Festival Boulevard. In the meantime we have been conducting conversational performances at festivals for more than 3 years; within theater and visual art programs.

Conversation Marathon Amsterdam

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. This conversation marathon is for those people who, just like us, feel the need to break down boundaries and start conversations outside their own circle, but do […]

In school

We are currently investigating what Building Conversation could mean for schools. Through a series of conversations students will get to know each other, themselves and their environment in a different manner. They will get to know different ways of speaking and gain experience in changing perspectives. A vital part of the process entails reflecting on […]

(NL) Grenzen sluiten is vrede

(NL) 20 jongeren van 14 jaar oud staan in 2 groepen tegenover elkaar. De ene groep scandeert, ‘grenzen sluiten, grenzen sluiten.’ De andere groep spreekt voorzichtige woorden over vrede. Patstelling. We werken met Building Conversation op een VMBO in Purmerend.

(NL) Lotte van den Berg about In school

Alternative Political Practices

Voting rights for things, all debates without a chairman, a silent Prinsjesdag and speakers lying down in the council chamber. Building Conversation proposes radically alternative political practices.

Many of the forms of conversation developed by us are inspired by alternative political practices. Such as the annual meeting of Inuit tribal chiefs which takes place in silence or the Agonist conversation inspired by Maori practices, used to discuss conflicts. Our proposals break patterns and make one look differently at so-called normal Dutch way of politics. We can do it differently, is what we want participants to experience.

Our Alternative Political Practices programs are organized in collaboration with cultural institutions and municipalities. We aim to find a place within the political strongholds themselves. For example, around the national elections in March 2017, we organized four meetings at Utrecht’s City Hall, carried out the Parliament of the things in the council chamber of Utrecht and we organized an Agonist discussion at the Zeist town hall during the day of inclusive politics. In 2018 we organize Alternative Political Practices in collaboration with Theater Rotterdam in Rotterdam. More information will follow.

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Prachtig hoe je zo uitgebreid en toegewijd de tijd en aandacht neemt voor een maatschappelijk probleem.

(NL) Imke about Impossible Conversation

On tour

Building Conversation originated in close collaboration with festivals such as Oerol and Festival Boulevard. In the meantime we have been conducting conversational performances at festivals for more than 3 years; within theater and visual art programs.

Upcoming

Thu 15 November 2018
10:00 - 13:00

Building Conversation Kreativcamp 2018

#Hamburg #Mutik #Germany
Read more

Thinking together – an experiment, guided by Angelika Fink.

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Wed 14 November 2018
14:00 - 17:00

Building Conversation KreativCamp

#Hamburg #Mutik #Germany
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Agonistic conversation guided bij Katja Dreyer.

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Conversation Marathon Amsterdam

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. This conversation marathon is for those people who, just like us, feel the need to break down boundaries and start conversations outside their own circle, but do not know how to approach them. We detect a need for collective vision of the future in an individualized and uncertain time. We believe that the conversation is necessary for collective representation of our future. Our ambitions are great. By the end of 2020 we hope to conclude the conversation marathon with an exhibition and a book about the state of the conversation in Amsterdam.

Every year we work in another district where we organize around 25 conversations in collaboration with existing cultural-community initiatives and events. In 2017 we were in North. On 20 April 2017 we started a weekly Conversation without words on the Buikslotermeerplein in collaboration with the Modestraat. In addition, we conducted the (Im)possible conversation at various locations in North in collaboration with Zinnig Noord, Over het IJ Festival and Sweet 70.

In 2018 we are in East. Here we work together with De Meevaart, Delitelabs, OBA, Elthato Church, Op de stip e.a.

On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April we will hold the conversation marathon in East. With conversational forms inspired by rituals from all over the world, we offer a multicolored palette of conversations over the weekend. The separation between newcomers and occupants, the participation society, entrepreneurship, creativity, political participation, meeting, the future. All themes that Amsterdam and every neighborhood in the city has to deal with. But how do we make these topics negotiable? And how do we deal with our differences of opinion on these topics?

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Building Conversations is voor mij een ultieme hier-en-nu ervaring

In school

We are currently investigating what Building Conversation could mean for schools. Through a series of conversations students will get to know each other, themselves and their environment in a different manner. They will get to know different ways of speaking and gain experience in changing perspectives. A vital part of the process entails reflecting on personal experiences.

During the program students are invited to find out what their communal values are. Together a shared values horizon is created: a compass which allows them to discuss the way in which they interact and the actions they take. How do we talk about what is of value to the group, taking into account the differences existent between the people in that group? How do we create an environment in which we can enter into this conversation easily?

We are looking for schools and cultural institutions that want to start this process with us.
Get in touch to discuss the possibilities – info@buildingconversation.nl

Conversation

Building Conversation is developed by a collective of artists, all in there own way fascinated by what happens when we talk with each other.

Inspired by conversation techniques from all over the world they execute and perform different conversations together with participants in cities all over Europe.

Time Loop

Inspired by the practice of Indians from the great Lake District in Canada

General Assembly

Inspired by the practice of the Occupy movement

Parliament of Things

Inspired by the theory of Bruno Latour and the rituals of the Aboriginals

Thinking Together – an Experiment

Inspired by the theory of quantum physicist David Bohm

Conversation without words

Inspired by the practice of the Inuits

Impossible Conversation

Inspired by the practice of the Jesuits

Agonistic Conversation

Inspired by the theory of Chantal Mouffe in the practice of the Maoris

(NL) Ik heb het nog nooit gedaan, dus ik wil het wel eens proberen.

(NL) Sheila Asefi about Conversation without words

Time Loop

In the West, it seems like short-term thinking is 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?

Called Time Loop, we developed a way of conversing looks at current dilemmas from various perspectives in time. For instance, what did people think about keeping borders open or shut two hundred years ago, and what will they think in 2216?

Time Loop is inspired by the practice of the Indians of the Great Lake District in Canada. Before making important decisions, they first consult their ancestors from seven generations ago, and then they consult their descendants from seven generations ahead. Only after that do they investigate the impact that a possible decision will have on the present. For us, short-term thinking often seems more important than looking ahead or reflecting on the past. As a result, the future is distant and abstract, unrelated to the world in which we live. Can relating to the remote past help us to also relate to the distant future?

Time Loop makes the issues of the day disappear into the background for a while.

Stijn van Kreij about Time Loop

General Assembly

The General Assembly takes place on the street with a large group of people. In addition to the people who have signed up for this conversation, interested bystanders can also participate.

In this form of conversation/performance, we investigate our relation to the city and the ways in which we can make ourselves seen and heard in public space, now and in the future. We use the methods of the Occupy movement (hand signals, the ‘human microphone’, open space technology) but also take inspiration from the so-called idle chattering of oldsters sitting beneath the shade of a tree in the centre of the village, such as they do in Congo and elsewhere.

We want to work toward a form of speaking in public that is concentrated, focused and open. The conversation focuses on the group, on what is being discussed and at the same time is open to the surroundings, the city and the people who walk by. We form three concentric circles, with the inner circle being the most concentrated, the middle one being the place where people can take a position, and the outer circle being the place where people do not really participate, if at all. During the gathering, the participants frequently move from one circle to another in order to get different perspectives on the group and test their own position. What is being discussed also takes place in reality, turns into action. As we speak, we relate to each other in the city. This ‘Droste effect’ in the conversation allows the participants to continually test, enrich and confirm what is being said by what they are doing. The General Assembly ties in with the investigation into new democratic forms currently being carried out in many European cities.

Parliament of Things

We are used to hearing people speak not only on behalf of themselves but also on behalf of other entities: heaven, the rain forest, animals, the city, and so forth.

The Parliament of Things is a theory developed by Bruno Latour that makes a case for the rights of objects. According to Latour, modern man refuses to recognise the rights, autonomy and agency of objects. He argues for a vision of the world in which the value (not the worth) of objects and other entities plays an active role. In developing this form of conversation, we want to distance ourselves from anthropocentric thinking, which places man in the centre of the universe, and investigate the relation between ourselves and things. Can we speak on behalf of things?

Another source of inspiration for this conversation is the Council of All Beings, a worldwide practice that investigates our relation to nonhuman entities, and nature in particular. Among other things, this council refers to a ritual of the Aboriginals, who relate to plants, clouds or a mountain as if they were their ancestors. 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?

We are developing the Parliament of Things together with Partizan Publik, a campaign bureau in Amsterdam. They are planning to set up an actual Parliament of Things in the Netherlands in the spring of 2018. We share our findings with them. Read more about Partizan Publik here.

Parlement van de dingen. Hoe spreken de dingen?

Thinking Together – an Experiment

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.

David Bohm claims that you never think alone and that your thinking is always related to the thinking of others. According to him, conversation is the place where you can investigate and readjust the patterns of this collective thinking with each other. As a quantum physicist, he was interested in the chaos and underlying order exhibited by small moving particles. Later in life, he became interested in the chaos and underlying order in our thinking and speaking, and he called for carrying out conversations in which the chaos, frustration and irritations can be seen.

‘People tend to think of common consciousness as ‘shared bliss’. That may come; but if it does, I’m saying that the road to it goes through this. We have to share the consciousness that we actually have. We can’t just impose another one. But if people can share their frustration and share their different contradictory assumptions and share their mutual anger and stick with it – if everyone is angry together – then you have a common consciousness.’

From On Dialogue by David Bohm

Upcoming

Thu 15 November 2018
10:00 - 13:00

Building Conversation Kreativcamp 2018

#Hamburg #Mutik #Germany
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Thinking together – an experiment, guided by Angelika Fink.

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(NL) If we can see what all of our opinions mean, then we are sharing a common content, even if we don’t agree entirely. And if we can see them all, we may then move more creatively in a different direction. We can just simply share the appreciation of the meanings; and out of this whole thing, truth emerges unannounced—not that we have chosen it.

(NL) David Bohm 

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Conversation without words

The Conversation without words is inspired by the annual gathering of the Inuits, where chieftains sit together for hours at a time, looking at each other without saying a word.

Another inspiration for this conversation is Maria Abramovich’s performance The Artist is Present, in which the visitors sit across from Abramovich, one by one, with the visitor and Abramovich looking at each other for a certain length of time. The intensity that arises when you look at each other without saying anything is enormous. This conversation lets us see and experience what human contact is based on and brings groups together in a very direct way.

(NL) Woorden hebben nog een tijdje aangevoeld als een masker waarachter ik me verschuilde.

(NL) Daan about Conversation without words

Impossible Conversation

The Impossible Conversation is inspired by a practice that the Jesuits follow, after having come to the conclusion that it is very complicated to speak with God from a personal point of view. They developed a form of conversation in which you first write your thoughts down and then read them out loud before speaking further.

In this conversation we discuss themes such as God, money or power – abstract themes that quickly lead to a very detached way of speaking. Because people are asked to write about a personal experience that is related to the theme, they feel a personal connection with it, and this personal connection also plays a leading role in the conversation. Reading what you have written out loud is a performance in itself.

(NL) Het (On)mogelijke gesprek in Amsterdam Noord

Agonistic Conversation

This is a constructive conversation between adversaries, 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 adversaries – not to be confused with antagonists, enemies.

Between consensus and war there lies a whole gamut of possibilities in which we can be each other’s adversaries, and we must use them, says Mouffe.

In the Agonistic Conversation we combine her theory with the practice of the Maoris, who have an impressive way of dealing with conflict in their own communities. First they acknowledge the conflict in an elaborate meeting between the two parties. Then conciliation takes place, in an awareness that both groups breathe the same air. And only then do they start talking with each other, while lying down. We treat these three steps as a simple choreography in which the participants keep assuming different physical positions with respect to each other: standing across from one another, standing close together, lying on their backs. The impact of people’s physical position on the conversation is tremendous.

This conversation starts with a conflict that actually exists in the group and/or with a socially urgent conflict. The participants themselves always decide what they want to discuss with each other.

Upcoming

Wed 14 November 2018
14:00 - 17:00

Building Conversation KreativCamp

#Hamburg #Mutik #Germany
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Agonistic conversation guided bij Katja Dreyer.

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Calendar

Wed 14 November 2018
14:00 - 17:00

Building Conversation KreativCamp

#Hamburg #Mutik #Germany
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Agonistic conversation guided bij Katja Dreyer.

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Thu 15 November 2018
10:00 - 13:00

Building Conversation Kreativcamp 2018

#Hamburg #Mutik #Germany
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Thinking together – an experiment, guided by Angelika Fink.

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Archive: 2016 2017 2018
(NL) Utrecht, 2016
(NL) Gespreksmarathon #amsterdam-noord 2017

Atlas

We gather testimonies and experiences in the atlas, a carrier of the conversations to share and pass.

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(NL) Geïnspireerd op rituelen uit heel de wereld en op het gedachtegoed van denkers als Bruno Latour, David Bohm en Chantal Mouffe, presenteert Building Conversation een programma van gesprekken waarin aandacht wordt gegeven aan de manier waarop we spreken. Hoe zo’n gesprek dan precies gaat is soms moeilijk uit te leggen. Filmmaker Jordi Wijnalda vroeg een aantal mensen om hun ervaringen te delen – #wie durft?

(NL) Het gesprek tot kunst verheffen / Interview Lotte van den Berg / Filosofie Magazine maart 2018

Sorry, this entry is only available in Dutch. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. Theatermaker Third Space / Lotte van den Berg vertelt in een interview met Filosofie Magazine over hoe gesprekken met vreemden kunst kunnen […]

(NL) Over het Agonistisch gesprek

(NL) Het Agonistisch gesprek was net een yogaoefening. Eerst de spier kort aanspannen met ingehouden adem en daarna deze loslaten.

(NL) Een gast op Thinking Planet, Filosofie Festival (2018) about Agonistic Conversation

(NL) My name is Marouf. I am a boy. I was born nine months ago in the Dutch town of Vlaardingen. In 2060 I will be an adult. I will be 43 years old. I will have a job and a home of my own. But first I have to grow. I will look and listen and learn and dream. I am a thing.

(NL) Pieter van Bogaert about Parliament of Things
(NL) Gespreksmarathon #amsterdam-noord 2017

(NL) Ons experimentele gesprek heeft geen leiding, geen voorzitter, geen taboes en geen onderwerp.

(NL) Rijk van den Hoek about Thinking Together – an Experiment

(NL) Het Agonistisch gesprek was voor mij enorm confronterend. We spraken over vrouwenquota. Moesten die opgelegd worden door de overheid of moesten instanties zich daar niet mee bemoeien, zodat zoiets zich organisch en op basis van individuele vrijheid kan ontwikkelen? De meerderheid koos direct voor het laatste.

(NL) Anna van der Kruis about Agonistic Conversation

(NL) Er zijn geen woorden nodig om mensen te leren kennen en om ze aardig te vinden, lichaamstaal is genoeg.

(NL) Emmy about Conversation without words

(NL) Ik heb een draaikolk in mijn hoofd van een voortrazend gesprek in steeds nauwere cirkels van terugkerende woorden. Af en toe floept er een vis uit de draaikolk om vervolgens weer opgeslokt te worden door het draaiende water van de conversatie.

(NL) Bruno Latour – We have never been modern
(NL) The Occupation Cookbook – Zagreb

(NL) Grenzen sluiten is vrede

(NL) 20 jongeren van 14 jaar oud staan in 2 groepen tegenover elkaar. De ene groep scandeert, ‘grenzen sluiten, grenzen sluiten.’ De andere groep spreekt voorzichtige woorden over vrede. Patstelling. We werken met Building Conversation op een VMBO in Purmerend.

(NL) Lotte van den Berg about In school

Ik realiseerde me opnieuw hoe bottom-up processen werken.

(NL) Alma about Impossible Conversation

(NL) Enkele observaties over het gesprek zonder woorden

(NL) Laura Karreman about Conversation without words

Het was magisch om het leven even op ‘pauze’ te zetten en ons terug te trekken in een spannende maar veilige bubble

(NL) Gesprek zonder woorden – Jordi Wijnalda
(NL) David Bohm – On Dialogue

(NL) De ruimte tussen mensen

(NL) Iemand vroeg me een paar weken geleden: ‘Hoe denk jij dat Het Theater er over vijftig jaar zal uitzien?’ Ik antwoordde direct, zonder erbij na te denken: ‘Ik hoop dat Het Theater dan niet meer bestaat.’

(NL) Lotte van den Berg 

(NL) Woorden hebben nog een tijdje aangevoeld als een masker waarachter ik me verschuilde.

(NL) Daan about Conversation without words
(NL) The artist is present – Marina Abramovic

(NL) De wereld gaat niet alleen over de mens.

(NL) Rick about Parliament of Things

Ik heb er nog veel aan terug gedacht de afgelopen dagen

(NL) Elien van Helden about Conversation Marathon Amsterdam

(NL) Ik heb het nog nooit gedaan, dus ik wil het wel eens proberen.

(NL) Sheila Asefi about Conversation without words

Prachtig hoe je zo uitgebreid en toegewijd de tijd en aandacht neemt voor een maatschappelijk probleem.

(NL) Imke about Impossible Conversation

Men gaf elkaar de ruimte en luisterde echt.

(NL) Saskia Kipp about Thinking Together – an Experiment

Eén woord drong zich heel erg aan mij op; radicale transparantie.

(NL) Liza Renkema about Thinking Together – an Experiment

(NL) Het was een bijzondere reis door de tijd

(NL) Margriet Vloet 

(NL) was betrokken bij de ontwikkeling van Time Loop.

Time Loop zorgt ervoor dat de waan van de dag even naar de achtergrond verdwijnt

(NL) Stijn van Kreij 

(NL) was betrokken bij de ontwikkeling van Time Loop.

Building Conversations is voor mij een ultieme hier-en-nu ervaring

(NL) David Bohm – Thought as a System

Time Loop makes the issues of the day disappear into the background for a while.

Stijn van Kreij about Time Loop

De intensiteit van een gesprek zonder woorden kan meer zeggen en doen dan duizend woorden.

Anna van der Kruis about Conversation without words

Archive 2017

Sun 3 December 2017
Culturele Zondagen, Utrecht (NL)

Parlement van de Dingen

#Utrecht
Tue 28 November 2017
16:00 - 19:00
Van Diemenstraat 408-410
1013 CR Amsterdam

Parliament of things

#Amsterdam #TheParliamentofThing... #VeemHouseofPerforman...
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On the occasion of Bruno Latour’s visit to Amsterdam and prior to Latour’s presentation of his new book Facing Gaia Building Conversation and The Parliament of Things hosts a special Assembly.

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Sat 18 November 2017
(NL) 14:00 - 18:00
(NL) De Ark
Aakstraat 60
Amsterdam

(NL) (On)mogelijke gesprek over God

#(NL)Amsterdam #(NL)ZinnigNoord
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In samenwerking met Zinnig Noord houden we het (On)mogelijke gesprek over God, waarin we met mensen van verschillende achtergronden en geloofsovertuigingen op zoek gaan naar hoe we samenleven, liefhebben en geloven.

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Thu 16 November 2017
(NL) 18:00 - 22:00
(NL) Modestraat
Buikslotermeerplein 15 - 17
Amsterdam

(NL) Samen denken – een experiment

#(NL)Amsterdam #(NL)Modestraat
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Het afgelopen half jaar voerden we meer dan 25 gesprekken in Amsterdam Noord. Aan het Buikslotermeerplein, in leegstaande flats in Molenwijk, in de wind op het NDSM terrein. We zijn het de gespreksmarathon gaan noemen. Marty, Teus, Sonia, Ashraf, Ildiko, Moira en Greetje: een greep uit de vele mensen die met elkaar in gesprek gingen.

Donderdag 16 november vindt er ter afsluiting van deze prachtige reeks en dit inspirerende jaar in Noord een gesprek plaats op het Buikslotermeerplein: Samen denken – een experiment. Heb jij net als wij de behoefte om buiten je eigen kring met (onbekende) stadgenoten in gesprek te gaan? Kom dan naar deze feestelijke afsluiting.

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Sat 11 November 2017
(NL) 16:00 - 20:00
(NL) De ontmoetingsruimte staat bij de overgang van het plantsoen van Spinnekop naar Winkelcentrum Molenwijk (vlakbij de vishandel).

(NL) (On)mogelijke gesprek in Molenwijk

#(NL)Amsterdam #(NL)OverhetIJFestiva...
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In samenwerking met Over het IJ Festival voeren we het (On)mogelijke gesprek in Molenwijk. Tijdens het (On)mogelijke gesprek praten we met elkaar over de manier waarop we samenleven en ruimte delen. De gespreksvorm is ontwikkeld om onderwerpen te bespreken die voor mensen verschillende betekenissen kunnen hebben. Iedereen kan meedoen, de invulling bepalen we gezamenlijk.

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Thu 2 November 2017
(NL) 19:00 - 22:00
(NL) Buikslotermeerplein 15-17
1025ES Amsterdam

(NL) Gesprek zonder woorden

#(NL)Amsterdam #(NL)stadstournee #amsterdamnoord #wiedurft
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Van april tot en met november 2017 voeren we om de week, op koopavond, aan het Buikslotermeerplein het Gesprek zonder woorden uit. We werken hiervoor onder anderen samen met buurtatelier de Modestraat. De gesprekken zijn toegankelijk voor iedereen; mensen uit de buurt en andere geïnteresseerden.

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Sat 21 October 2017
(NL) 14:00 - 18:00
(NL) Yogaschool Noord, Nachtegaalstraat 157, 1021 EZ Amsterdam

(NL) (On)mogelijk gesprek over God

#(NL)Amsterdam #(NL)ZinnigNoord #(NL)stadstournee #amsterdamnoord
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In discussies is religie een gevoelig onderwerp geworden. Praten over God lijkt taboe. Is het gesprek over geloof nog mogelijk?

Als onderdeel van de Stadstournee Amsterdam en in samenwerking met Zinnig Noord organiseren we het (On)mogelijke gesprek over God in Noord.

Het (On)mogelijk gesprek over God is gebaseerd op een oude praktijk van de Jezuïeten, waarbij deelnemers schrijven en spreken vanuit een persoonlijke ervaring. Ook de Jezuïet kwamen erachter dat spreken over God zeer ingewikkeld is en ontwikkelde deze gespreksvorm die ervoor zorgt dat de verschillende soms tegenstrijdige ervaringen naast elkaar worden geplaatst en niet tegen elkaar worden uitgespeeld.

 

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Thu 19 October 2017
(NL) 18:00 - 22:00
(NL) Modestraat, Buikslotermeerplein 15-17, Amsterdam

(NL) (On)mogelijke gesprek over eenzaamheid

#(NL)Amsterdam #(NL)Sweet70 #(NL)Modestraat
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Uit onderzoek blijkt dat meer dan een miljoen Nederlanders zich heel eenzaam voelt. En al loopt de één meer risico op eenzaamheid dan de ander, iedereen kan op enig moment in zijn leven met eenzaamheid geconfronteerd worden. Maar eenzaamheid is ook een taboe-onderwerp.

Daarom en omdat we onderzoek doen naar nieuwe mogelijkheden om met elkaar te praten en contact te maken, organiseren we in samenwerking met Sweet 70 en de Modestraat het (On)mogelijk gesprek over eenzaamheid.

Het (On)mogelijk gesprek is gebaseerd op een oude praktijk van de Jezuïeten, waarbij deelnemers schrijven en spreken vanuit een persoonlijke ervaring. De gespreksvorm zorgt ervoor dat de verschillende soms tegenstrijdige ervaringen naast elkaar worden geplaatst en niet tegen elkaar worden uitgespeeld.

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Mon 9 October 2017
Buikslotermeerplein 15-17, Amsterdam Noord (NL)

Het (on)mogelijke gesprek over eenzaamheid

#Amsterdam #gespreksmarathon Ams...
Thu 5 October 2017
Buikslotermeerplein 15-17, Amsterdam Noord (NL)

Gesprek zonder woorden

#Amsterdam #gespreksmarathon Ams...
Thu 21 September 2017
Buikslotermeerplein 15-17, Amsterdam Noord (NL)

Gesprek zonder woorden

#Amsterdam #gespreksmarathon Ams...
Sun 17 September 2017
Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Lisbon, Portugal

Agonistisch gesprek, Gesprek zonder woorden o.a.

#Lissabon #Lissabon
Sat 16 September 2017
Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Lisbon, Portugal

Agonistisch gesprek, Gesprek zonder woorden o.a.

#Lissabon #Lissabon
Sat 9 September 2017
Molenwijk, Amsterdam Noord (NL) i.s.m. Over het IJ Festival

Het (on)mogelijke gesprek

#Amsterdam #overhetij gespreksma...
Sun 3 September 2017
Stadskantoor, Utrecht (NL)

Alternatieve Politieke Praktijken: Het agonistisch gesprek

#Utrecht
Sun 13 August 2017
Theaterfestival Boulevard, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL)

Parlement van de dingen (voor ouder en kind / 6+)

#DenBosch #ontourblvrd2017
Sat 12 August 2017
Theaterfestival Boulevard, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL)

Parlement van de dingen (voor ouder en kind / 6+)

#DenBosch #ontour blvrd2017
Fri 11 August 2017
Theaterfestival Boulevard, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL)

Parlement van de dingen (voor ouder en kind / 6+)

#DenBosch #ontour blvrd2017
Thu 10 August 2017
Theaterfestival Boulevard, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL)

Parlement van de dingen (voor ouder en kind / 6+)

#DenBosch #ontour blvrd2017
Wed 9 August 2017
Theaterfestival Boulevard, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL)

Parlement van de dingen (voor ouder en kind / 6+)

#DenBosch #ontourblvrd2017
Mon 7 August 2017
Theaterfestival Boulevard, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL)

Parlement van de dingen (voor ouder en kind / 6+)

#DenBosch #ontourblvrd2017
Sun 6 August 2017
(NL) 14:00 - 17:00
(NL) Josephkwartier

(NL) Parlement van de dingen (voor ouder en kind, 6+)

#(NL)'s-Hertogenbosch #(NL)TheaterArtemis #(NL)DenBosch #BLVRD2017 #OnTour
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Dingen kunnen niet praten. Toch wordt er veel over hen gezegd. Door ons. Door de mensen dus. Maar wat vinden de dingen eigenlijk zelf? Wat voelt een potlood? Hoe is het om de lucht te zijn? Wat denken de stenen waarover wij lopen? In het Parlement van de dingen proberen we de dingen een stem te geven. Kunnen wij ook praten namens iemand anders dan onszelf? Kunnen wij ook spreken namens de dingen?

OOK HIER EEN ‘LEES MEER’>>>

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Sat 5 August 2017
(NL) 14:00 - 17:00
(NL) Josephkwartier

(NL) Parlement van de dingen (voor ouder en kind, 6+)

#(NL)'s-Hertogenbosch #(NL)TheaterArtemis #(NL)DenBosch #BLVRD2017 #OnTour
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Dingen kunnen niet praten. Toch wordt er veel over hen gezegd. Door ons. Door de mensen dus. Maar wat vinden de dingen eigenlijk zelf? Wat voelt een potlood? Hoe is het om de lucht te zijn? Wat denken de stenen waarover wij lopen? In het Parlement van de dingen proberen we de dingen een stem te geven. Kunnen wij ook praten namens iemand anders dan onszelf? Kunnen wij ook spreken namens de dingen?

OOK HIER EEN ‘LEES MEER’>>>

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Fri 4 August 2017
(NL) 14:00 - 17:00 (première)
(NL) Josephkwartier

(NL) Parlement van de dingen (voor ouder en kind, 6+)

#(NL)'s-Hertogenbosch #(NL)TheaterArtemis #(NL)DenBosch #BLVRD2017 #OnTour
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Dingen kunnen niet praten. Toch wordt er veel over hen gezegd. Door ons. Door de mensen dus. Maar wat vinden de dingen eigenlijk zelf? Wat voelt een potlood? Hoe is het om de lucht te zijn? Wat denken de stenen waarover wij lopen? In het Parlement van de dingen proberen we de dingen een stem te geven. Kunnen wij ook praten namens iemand anders dan onszelf? Kunnen wij ook spreken namens de dingen?

OOK HIER EEN ‘LEES MEER’>>>

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Conversation without words in Amsterdam North

#AmsterdamNoord #Modestraat
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Starting April 2017 we will hold conversations every two weeks with the people of Amsterdam North. From the eight forms of conversation that Building Conversation has developed over the years, we elected the Conversation without words for Amsterdam North.

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Sat 15 July 2017
Over het IJ Festival, NDSM-werf, Amsterdam (NL)

Het (on)mogelijke gesprek

#Amsterdam #overhetij gespreksma...
Thu 13 July 2017
19:00 - 21:00
Buikslotermeerplein 15-17, Amsterdam Noord (NL)

Conversation without words in Amsterdam North

#AmsterdamNoord #Modestraat ##AmsterdamNoord ##whodares? ##conversationmaratho...
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Starting April 2017 we will hold conversations every two weeks with the people of Amsterdam North. From the eight forms of conversation that Building Conversation has developed over the years, we elected the Conversation without words for Amsterdam North.

HIER EEN read more??? OF VERWIJZEN NAAR PROGRAMMA BC in AMS NRD?

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Tue 4 July 2017

Parliament of Things / Agonistic conversation Private group

#DenHaag #Pulchri
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Private group.

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Thu 29 June 2017
Buikslotermeerplein 15-17, Amsterdam Noord (NL)

Gesprek zonder woorden

#Amsterdam #gespreksmarathon Ams...
Sat 24 June 2017
Pulchri, Den Haag (NL)

Gesprek zonder woorden

#DenHaag #ontmoeten DenHaag
Thu 22 June 2017
Holland Festival, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam (NL)

Parlement van de dingen

#Amsterdam #HollandFestivalAmste...
Thu 15 June 2017
Buikslotermeerplein 15-17, Amsterdam Noord (NL)

Gesprek zonder woorden

#Amsterdam #gespreksmarathon Ams...
Tue 13 June 2017
Kreativ Camp, Essen (DE)

Samen denken – een experiment

#Essen
Thu 18 May 2017
Buikslotermeerplein 15-17, Amsterdam Noord (NL)

Gesprek zonder woorden

#Amsterdam #gespreksmarathon Ams...
Sun 14 May 2017
HAU, Berlijn (DE)

Gesprek zonder woorden

#Berlijn
Fri 5 May 2017
NDSM-werf

Bevrijdingsgymnastiek – Gedeelde waarden bepaling

#Amsterdam
Sat 29 April 2017
What’s the matter with school, Kortrijk (BE)

Gedeelde waarden bepaling

#Kortrijk
Thu 20 April 2017
Buikslotermeerplein 15-17, Amsterdam Noord (NL)

Gesprek zonder woorden

#Amsterdam
Mon 10 April 2017
Rotterdamse Schouwbrug (NL)

Parlement van de Dingen

#Rotterdam
Wed 5 April 2017
Buikslotermeerplein 15-17, Amsterdam Noord (NL)

Gesprek zonder woorden

#Amsterdam
Thu 30 March 2017
Integrart, Zürich (CH)

Parlement van de Dingen, Gesprek zonder woorden

#Zürich
Sun 26 March 2017
Kaaitheater, Brussel (BE)

Gesprek zonder woorden

#Brussel
Sat 25 March 2017
Kaaitheater, Brussel (BE)

Samen denken – een experiment

#Brussel
Sat 25 March 2017
Kaaitheater, Brussel (BE)

Het Agonistisch gesprek

#Brussel
Thu 23 March 2017
Stadskantoor, Utrecht (NL)

Alternatieve Politieke Praktijken: Gesprek zonder woorden

#Utrecht
Thu 16 March 2017
Stadskantoor, Utrecht (NL)

Alternatieve Politieke Praktijken: Samen denken – een experiment

#Utrecht
Tue 14 March 2017
Stadskantoor, Utrecht (NL)

Alternatieve Politieke Praktijken: Parlement van de Dingen

#Utrecht
Tue 21 February 2017
Rotterdamse Schouwbrug (NL)

Parlement van de Dingen

#Rotterdam
Fri 6 January 2017
Buikslotermeerplein 15-17, Amsterdam Noord (NL)

Gesprek zonder woorden

#Amsterdam #gespreksmarathon Ams...

Archive 2016

Sat 10 December 2016
Kaaitheater, Brussel (BE)

Parlement van de Dingen, Time Loop

#Brussel
Sat 12 November 2016
Homo Novus, internationaal festival voor hedendaags theater, Riga (LV)

Parlement van de Dingen

#Riga
Wed 9 November 2016
Let’s Gro, Grote Markt Groningen (NL)

Agonistisch gesprek, Parlement van de Dingen, Time Loop, General Assembly

#Groningen
Fri 28 October 2016
Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven (NL)

Parlement van de Dingen

#Eindhoven
Tue 25 October 2016
Stadsklas Hoog Catharijne Utrecht (NL)

Parlement van de Dingen

#Utrecht
Sat 15 October 2016
Ganz Novi Festival, Zagreb (HR)

Building Conversation (verschillende gesprekken)

#Zagreb
Thu 22 September 2016
Terni Festival Internazionale, Terni (IT)

Parlement van de Dingen

#Terni
Fri 5 August 2016
Theaterfestival Boulevard, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL)

Time Loop

#DenBosch
Sat 18 June 2016
Malta Festival, Poznań (PL)

Building Conversation (verschillende gesprekken)

#Poznan
Mon 13 June 2016
ROC Midden Nederland (NL)

School traject

#Utrecht
Mon 6 June 2016
ROC Midden Nederland (NL)

School traject

#Utrecht
Fri 3 June 2016
Europe by People, Amsterdam (NL)

Parlement van de Dingen

#Amsterdam
Sat 28 May 2016
Norfolk & Norwich festival, Norwich (UK)

Building Conversation (verschillende gesprekken)

#Norwich
Tue 24 May 2016
Siza, Arnhem (NL)

Gesprek zonder woorden

#Arnhem
Mon 23 May 2016
ROC Midden Nederland (NL)

School traject

#Utrecht
Tue 10 May 2016
Europe by People, Amsterdam (NL)

Parlement van de Dingen

#Amsterdam
Wed 27 April 2016
BUDA – What’s the matter with cooperation, Kortrijk (BE)

Building Conversation (verschillende gesprekken)

#Kortrijk
Tue 26 April 2016
Theaterfestival Boulevard, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL)

Time Loop

#DenBosch
Mon 25 April 2016
Europe by People, Amsterdam (NL)

Parlement van de Dingen

#Amsterdam
Fri 22 April 2016
Clusius College, Purmerend (NL)

School traject

#Purmerend
Wed 20 April 2016
In samenwerking met Ewout Bomert, Utrecht (NL)

Time Loop

#Utrecht
Tue 19 April 2016
In samenwerking met Salome en RITCS, Brussel (BE)

Agonistisch gesprek

#Brussel
Fri 15 April 2016
In samenwerking met IETM, Amsterdam (NL)

Agonistisch gesprek

#Amsterdam
Fri 15 April 2016
Clusius College, Purmerend (NL)

Schooltraject

#Purmerend
Fri 8 April 2016
Piet Zwart Academie, Rotterdam (NL)

Time Loop

#Rotterdam
Tue 15 March 2016
Dasarts, Amsterdam (NL)

Gesprek zonder woorden

#Amsterdam
Thu 3 March 2016
Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Norwich (UK)

Gesprek zonder woorden

#Norwich
Fri 5 February 2016
Iarts, Heerlen (NL)

Building Conversation (verschillende gesprekken)

#Heerlen
Thu 4 February 2016
ROC Midden Nederland (NL)

School traject

#Utrecht
Wed 27 January 2016
Het Huis Utrecht

Samen denken – Een experiment

#Utrecht

Archive 2018

Wed 14 November 2018
14:00 - 17:00

Building Conversation KreativCamp

#Hamburg #Mutik #Germany
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Agonistic conversation guided bij Katja Dreyer.

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Sun 21 October 2018
(NL) 14:00 - 16:00
(NL) Linnaeusstraat 2,
1092 CK, Amsterdam

(NL) Try Out / Ongemakkelijke gesprekken / Tropenmuseum

#(NL)Amsterdam #(NL)Tropenmuseum
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Delen of stelen – van etnische prints tot indianenfeest, wanneer vind jij het mooi geweest? Te gevoelig? Of juist het begin van een goed gesprek?

Het liefst gaan we ongemakkelijke situaties uit de weg. Maar waarom eigenlijk? Door erover te praten kom je veel meer over elkaar te weten. Daarom organiseert het Tropenmuseum een nieuwe serie ‘ongemakkelijke gesprekken’.

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Sun 23 September 2018
13:00 - 17:00

Building Conversation Non Stop International Theatre Festival

#Moss #Norway
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During the Non Stop festival in Moss, Norway, the Norwegian conversation guides, who were trained by Peter Aers in the past year, will have a number of conversations. Conversation without words, Parliament of things and the Agonistic conversation.

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Sat 22 September 2018
13:00 - 17:00

Building Conversation Non Stop International Theatre Festival

#Moss #Norway
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During the Non Stop festival in Moss, Norway, the Norwegian conversation guides, who were trained by Peter Aers in the past year, will have a number of conversations. Conversation without words, Parliament of things and the Agonistic conversation.

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Fri 21 September 2018
18:00 - 22:00

Building Conversation Non Stop International Theatre Festival

#Moss #Norway
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During the Non Stop festival in Moss, Norway, the Norwegian conversation guides, who were trained by Peter Aers in the past year, will have a number of conversations. Conversation without words, Parliament of things and the Agonistic conversation.

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Sun 16 September 2018
14:00 - 18:00

Building Conversation Hambach Demokratie festival

#Hambach #Germany
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4 conversations per day accompanied by young facilitators (students). All conversations are in German.

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Sat 15 September 2018
14:00 - 18:00

Building Conversation Hambach Demokratie festival

#Hambach #Germany
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4 conversations per day accompanied by young facilitators (students). All conversations are in German.

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Wed 12 September 2018

Training

#Hambach #Germany
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Training guides by Peter Aers and Daan ‘t Sas prior to Hambach Demokratie festival.

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Tue 11 September 2018

Training

#Hambach #Germany
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Training guides by Peter Aers and Daan ‘t Sas prior to Hambach Demokratie festival.

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Mon 10 September 2018

Training

#Hambach #Germany
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Training guides by Peter Aers and Daan ‘t Sas prior to Hambach Demokratie festival.

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Sun 9 September 2018

Training

#Hambach #Germany
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Training guides by Peter Aers and Daan ‘t Sas prior to Hambach Demokratie festival.

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Conversation without words

#Dro #CentraleFies #Italie

Conversation without words

#Dro #CentraleFies #Italie

Conversation without words

#Dro #CentraleFies #Italie

Conversation without words

#Dro #CentraleFies #Italie
Sat 16 June 2018
10:00 - 17:00 uur
BorderKitchen
Kerkstraat 11,
2514 KP, The Hague

Ambassy of the North Sea / Border Sessions

#DenHaag #ParlementvandeDingen #StroomDenHaag #StichtingDeNoordzee #ThePonies
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The Embassy of the North Sea gives a voice to things, plants, animals in the North Sea and the people who enjoy it. In the months March, April and June, we will draft with these actors a ‘Plea of the North Sea’. You can follow the process on www.ambassadevandenoordzee.nl. On Saturday the 16th of June a hands-on and inspirational event is organised by the Embassy with the following central question: How can we use open data and artificial intelligence to give a political voice to the North Sea ecosystem? Bring your design, hack, artistic vision, visualisation, analytics, programming, and entrepreneurial skills and give the creatures and things that inhabit and make use of our North Sea a visually appealing, realtime, and real voice. Your input, the output of the lab, as well as the plea that is developed will be presented in the Hague to the House of Representatives on the 29th of June.

(this lab is in Dutch)

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Fri 1 June 2018
10:00 - 14:00 uur
De Balie
Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10
1017 RR Amsterdam

Agonistic conversation

#Amsterdam #Forumoneuropeancultu... #DeBalie
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The increasingly divided European society is crying out for renewed attention to the need for conversation between people. Nowadays, people who disagree with each other hardly ever meet in real life. How can we get people to really talk with one another? What are the right circumstances in which people dare to discuss complex subjects in today’s polarised society?

For the Forum on European Culture, artist collective Building Conversation challenges you to start a conversation with your fellow European citizens in the form of an Agonistic Conversation. This session will focus on European issues and the challenges that Europe needs to address. For example, should Europe close its borders to immigrants or not? Should The Netherlands stay within the EU or not? It’s up to the participants to bring in the topics that will be addressed during the conversations on the 1st of June.

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Sat 26 May 2018

Building Conversation / Matchbox

#Mannheim #Matchbox
Fri 25 May 2018

Building Conversation / Matchbox

#Mannheim #Matchbox
Sat 28 April 2018
(NL) 14:00 - 18:00
(NL) De deelnemers mogen vanaf 13u aanmelden in de stadsbibliotheek de Krook (Miriam Makebaplein 1, 9000 Gent). Van daaruit kunnen zij samen met Daan naar de specifieke locatie wandelen: zaal “De Vloer” in NEST

(NL) Samen denken – een experiment

#(NL)Gent #(NL)DagvandeFilosofi...
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De verbeelding aan de macht!

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Sat 21 April 2018
(NL) TivoliVredenburg Utrecht

(NL) Parlement van de dingen

#(NL)Utrecht #(NL)ThinkingPlanet #(NL)Filosofie
Sat 21 April 2018
(NL) TivoliVredenburg Utrecht

(NL) Agonistisch gesprek

#(NL)Utrecht #(NL)ThinkingPlanet #(NL)Filosofie
Sat 21 April 2018
(NL) TivoliVredenburg Utrecht

(NL) General assembly

#(NL)Utrecht #(NL)ThinkingPlanet #(NL)Filosofie
Mon 16 April 2018
(NL) 19:00 - 23:00
(NL) De ontmoetingsplek staat op de splitsing West-Kruiskade en Westersingel, naast het standbeeld.
Het gesprek vindt plaats bij Aktiegroep Oude Westen, Gaffelstraat 1-3, 3014 RA Rotterdam.

(NL) Rotterdam in gesprek | Samen denken – een experiment

#(NL)Rotterdam #(NL)TheaterRotterdam #(NL)Imagine2020
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Vier maandagen, vier gesprekken op vier bijzondere locaties in Rotterdam. Building Conversation geeft met verschillende gespreksvormen aandacht en zorg aan de manier waarop we met elkaar spreken. Net buiten de dagelijkse realiteit, de politieke actualiteit, los van bestaande spanningen, oplossingsdrang en effectbejag creëren we een ruimte waarin we onszelf willen oefenen in gesprek. Er is geen publiek, er zijn geen acteurs, er zijn alleen maar deelnemers.

Samen denken – een experiment verloopt volgens de theorie en praktijk van de Amerikaanse kwantumfysicus David Bohm, waarbij wordt uitgegaan van de zelfregulerende werking van een groep mensen. Het gesprek heeft geen leiding, geen voorzitter, geen taboes en geen onderwerp. Een gesprek waarin chaos, frustratie en irritatie gezien mogen worden.

 

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Sun 15 April 2018
13:00 - 17:00
On and around Javaplein, Amsterdam Oost

Conversation Marathon Amsterdam Oost

#Amsterdam #OBA #DeMeevaart #Elthetokerk #Civic #Delitelabs #BuurtparlementOpdeSt...
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On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April we will be in Amsterdam Oost with our conversation-marathon.
The separation between newcomers and occupants, the participation society, entrepreneurship, creativity, political participation, meeting, the future. Can we discuss the topics of the city?
Read more about it here.

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Sat 14 April 2018
13:00 - 17:00
Javaplein Amsterdam Oost

Conversation-marathon Amsterdam Oost

#Amsterdam #OBA #DeMeevaart #Elthetokerk #Civic #Delitelabs #BuurtparlementOpdeSt...
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On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April we will be in Amsterdam Oost with our conversation-marathon.
The separation between newcomers and occupants, the participation society, entrepreneurship, creativity, political participation, meeting, the future. Can we discuss the topics of the city?
Read more about it here.

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Mon 9 April 2018
(NL) 19:00 - 22:00
(NL) Nog onbekend

(NL) Rotterdam in gesprek | Agonistisch gesprek

#(NL)Rotterdam #(NL)TheaterRotterdam #(NL)Imagine2020
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Vier maandagen, vier gesprekken op vier bijzondere locaties in Rotterdam. Building Conversation geeft met verschillende gespreksvormen aandacht en zorg aan de manier waarop we met elkaar spreken. Net buiten de dagelijkse realiteit, de politieke actualiteit, los van bestaande spanningen, oplossingsdrang en effectbejag creëren we een ruimte waarin we onszelf willen oefenen in gesprek. Er is geen publiek, er zijn geen acteurs, er zijn alleen maar deelnemers.

Het Agonistisch gesprek is een gesprek geïnspireerd op de theorie van Chantal Mouffe en de praktijk van de Maori. De agonist is de tegenstander, niet te verwarren met de antagonist, de vijand. Tussen consensus en oorlog ligt een groot scala aan mogelijkheden waarin we elkaars tegenstanders kunnen zijn, daar moeten we gebruik van maken. Hoe brengen we gefixeerde standpunten weer in beweging?

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Mon 2 April 2018
(NL) 14:30 - 20:00 uur
(NL) Locatie: Zandwacht, Maasvlakte 2 (i.s.m. Observatorium)
Let op! Voor deze locatie is een bus geregeld. Vetrek: 14:30 uur vanaf Theater Rotterdam, Schouwburg

(NL) Rotterdam in gesprek | Parlement van de dingen

#(NL)Rotterdam #(NL)TheaterRotterdam #(NL)Imagine2020
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Vier maandagen, vier gesprekken op vier bijzondere locaties in Rotterdam. Building Conversation geeft met verschillende gespreksvormen aandacht en zorg aan de manier waarop we met elkaar spreken. Net buiten de dagelijkse realiteit, de politieke actualiteit, los van bestaande spanningen, oplossingsdrang en effectbejag creëren we een ruimte waarin we onszelf willen oefenen in gesprek. Er is geen publiek, er zijn geen acteurs, er zijn alleen maar deelnemers.

We zijn eraan gewend dat de mens spreekt, niet alleen namens zichzelf maar ook namens andere entiteiten: het heelal, het regenwoud, de dieren, de stad. Parlement van de dingen is geïntroduceerd door filosoof Bruno Latour die een pleidooi houdt voor het recht van het object. Tijdens het Parlement van de dingen onderzoeken we wat het voor ons Westerlingen betekent om als de dingen en vooral ook met de dingen te spreken.

 

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Mon 26 March 2018
(NL) 19:00 - 22:00
(NL) Ontmoetingsplek + startpunt: Eudokiaplein, Rotterdam.
Gespreksruimte: De Nieuwe Banier, Banierstraat 1, Rotterdam

(NL) Rotterdam in gesprek | Gesprek zonder woorden

#(NL)Rotterdam #(NL)TheaterRotterdam #(NL)Imagine2020
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Vier maandagen, vier gesprekken op vier bijzondere locaties in Rotterdam. Building Conversation geeft met verschillende gespreksvormen aandacht en zorg aan de manier waarop we met elkaar spreken. Net buiten de dagelijkse realiteit, de politieke actualiteit, los van bestaande spanningen, oplossingsdrang en effectbejag creëren we een ruimte waarin we onszelf willen oefenen in gesprek. Er is geen publiek, er zijn geen acteurs, er zijn alleen maar deelnemers.

Het Gesprek zonder woorden is gebaseerd op de jaarlijkse bijeenkomst van de Inuit, waarbij stamhoofden urenlang samen zitten, elkaar aankijken en niets zeggen. De intensiteit die ontstaat wanneer je wel naar elkaar kijkt, maar niets zegt, is enorm. Dit gesprek laat ons zien en ervaren wat de basis is van menselijk contact en brengt groepen op een hele directe manier samen.

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Wed 14 March 2018
(NL) 18:00 - 22:00
(NL) Ontmoetingsplek: Javaplein, tegenover OBA (hoek Borneostraat & Javastraat), Amsterdam
Gespreksruimte: De Meevaart, Balistraat 48, Amsterdam

(NL) Gespreksmarathon Oost | Agonistisch gesprek Mensenrechten

#(NL)Amsterdam #(NL)DeMeevaart #(NL)Mensenrechten-Ki...
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Vorig jaar waren we met de gespreksmarathon in Noord, dit jaar zijn we in Oost. In samenwerking met community art project Mensenrechten-Kinderrechten en bewonersinitiatief De Meevaart starten we ons tweede jaar op 14 maart met het Agonistisch gesprek over mensenrechten.

De Universele Verklaring van de Rechten van de Mens is een waardevolle verworvenheid van de internationale gemeenschap, maar weet jij wat er in de tekst van mensenrechtenverdragen staat en wat deze verdragen betekenen voor jouw dagelijks leven? Lees verder

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Wed 14 February 2018
(NL) 15:00 - 19:00
(NL) Boorstraat 107
3513 SE Utrecht

(NL) Agonistisch gesprek

#(NL)Utrecht #(NL)HetHuisUtrecht #(NL)StichtingDialoog
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De sterk polariserende samenleving lijkt te schreeuwen om hernieuwde aandacht voor het gesprek tussen mensen, maar hoe creëren we de juiste omstandigheden waarin we met elkaar de inmiddels sterk beladen ‘dialoog’ aan durven gaan?

In de aanloop naar de gemeenteraadsverkiezingen en als onderdeel van het programma #Utrecht 2030 voeren we in samenwerking met Stichting Dialoog en Het Huis Utrecht op 14 februari het Agonistisch gesprek.

Het Agonistisch gesprek is een goed gesprek tussen tegenstanders. Het gesprek is ontwikkeld in reactie op de filosofe Chantal Mouffe die spreekt over het belang van conflict in de politieke arena en een oproep doet aan de kunsten om mee te werken aan de ontwikkeling van wat zij noemt de agonistische ruimte. Tussen consensus en oorlog ligt een groot scala aan mogelijkheden waarin we elkaars tegenstanders kunnen zijn, daar moeten we gebruik van maken, aldus Mouffe.

We combineren haar theorie met de praktijk van de Maori die een indrukwekkende manier hebben van omgaan met conflict in de eigen communities. In een eenvoudige choreografie nemen deelnemers steeds andere fysieke houdingen aan waardoor ze de tegenstelling, het conflict op verschillende manieren benaderen en ervaren. Is dit de gespreksvorm van de toekomst om elkaar beter te begrijpen?

Agonistisch gesprek / Het belang van het conflict in de politiek
Het HUIS, Utrecht
14 februari 2018
15:00 uur – 19:00 uur (inclusief maaltijd na afloop van het gesprek)
Deelname is gratis, als je wilt kun je een vrijwillige bijdrage leveren.

Dit Agonistisch gesprek is onderdeel van het programma Alternatieve politieke praktijken van Building Conversation en wordt mogelijk gemaakt door Stichting Dialoog en Het Huis Utrecht.

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Fri 19 January 2018
15:00
Anton-Neumayr-Platz 2
5020 Salzburg
Oostenrijk

Agonistic conversation

#Salzburg #SZENESalzburg #PneuFestival
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On friday, january 19, we will perform at Performing New Europe Festival 2018 in Salzburg. You can join us in Conversation without words, Agonistic conversation, Thinking together – an experiment and Parliament of things. More information about the festival + tickets here.

Between consensus and war there lies a whole gamut of possibilities in which we can be each other’s adversaries, and we must use them. The impact of people’s physical position on the conversation is tremendous. Inspired by the theory of Chantal Mouffe and the practice of the Maori (New Sealand) people.

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Fri 19 January 2018
15:00
Anton-Neumayr-Platz 2
5020 Salzburg
Oostenrijk

Conversation without words

#Salzburg #SZENESalzburg #PneuFestival
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The intensity that arises when you look at each other without saying anything is enormous. This conversation lets us see and experience what human contact is based on and brings groups together in a very direct way. Inspired by the practics of the Inuit (Arctic).

On friday, January 19, we will perform at Performing New Europe Festival 2018 in Salzburg. You can join us in Conversation without words, Agonistic conversation, Thinking together – an experiment and Parliament of things. More information about the festival + tickets here.

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Fri 19 January 2018
15:00
Anton-Neumayr-Platz 2
5020 Salzburg
Oostenrijk

Thinking together – an experiment

#Salzburg #SZENESalzburg #PneuFestival
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On friday, january 19, we will perform at Performing New Europe Festival 2018 in Salzburg. You can join us in Conversation without words, Agonistic conversation, Thinking together – an experiment and Parliament of things. More information about the festival + tickets here.

Thinking together – an experiment: You never think alone and your thinking is always related to the thinking of others. Conversation is the place where you can investigate and readjust the patterns of this collective thinking with each other. A conversation in which the chaos, frustration and irritations can be seen. Inspired by the theory and practice of the quantum physicist David Bohm.

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Fri 19 January 2018
15:00
Anton-Neumayr-Platz 2
5020 Salzburg
Oostenrijk

Parliament of things

#Salzburg #SZENESalzburg #PneuFestival
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Also on PNEU 2018 / Salzburg – Parliament of things.

We are used to hearing people speak not only on behalf of themselves but also on behalf of other entities. 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? Inspired by the theory of Bruno Latour and the practice of the Aborigines (Australia).

More info + tickets here.

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Contact

Building Conversation is part of the Third Space Foundation. We work at the Open Coop in Amsterdam Noord with a small team in the office. You can find out more about the people who supervise the conversations here.

Building Conversation
Tolhuisweg 2
1031 CL Amsterdam
info@buildingconversation.nl

Artistic
Lotte van den Berg – lotte@buildingconversation.nl
Daan ‘t Sas – daan@buildingconversation.nl

For Business
Anne Douqué – anne@buildingconversation.nl

Production
Yola Parie – yola@buildingconversation.nl

PR & Communication
Marieke Josselet – marieke@buildingconversation.nl

Conversation Marathon Amsterdam
Saar van Blaaderen – saar@buildingconversation.nl

If you would like to participate in one of the conversations being conducted within the framework of the Europe by People programme, please send an email to join@buildingconversation.nl

If you wish to tell us your thoughts about a conversation in which you participated, please send an email to react@buildingconversation.nl

If you are interested in receiving general information or want to help us facilitate one (or more) of the conversations, please send an email to info@buildingconversation.nl

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Wil je gezamenlijk met ons voor jouw festival, organisatie of bedrijf een gesprek organiseren? Laat het ons weten via onderstaand formulier. We nemen dan zo snel mogelijk contact met je op.

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