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.
From April until november 2017 we will hold conversations every two weeks with the people of Amsterdam North. We do this among other things in collaboration with the Modestraat at the Buikslotermeerplein. From the eight forms of conversation that Building Conversation has developed over the years, we elected the Conversation without words here. More information on Amsterdam North.