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.

Mission of Third Space Foundation

Our mission is to make the conflicts and contradictions that are present in society apparent, examine them collectively and raise awareness about them.

Goal of Third Space Foundation

Within the context of the arts, we create temporary public spaces, spaces among and in the midst of people, in which we raise the matter of our social (in)capacity and begin an inter-personal process. The most valuable spaces in the arts are not the theatre or the museum, but the studio, the rehearsal space, the sketchbook. The goal of Third Space is to offer this rehearsal space to the public.

Vision of Third Space Foundation

Together we face the challenge of giving a place to the differences that exist in society without ironing them out or radicalising them. A challenge that requires us to question our own positions and momentarily relinquish our own standpoints. Often, simply taking a little step back, a slight shift in perspective, putting yourself in someone else’s place for a moment, is enough to gain insight into existing dynamics and patterns. In the midst of the demands of daily life, you soon get the feeling that you can’t afford to take such a step back and you become fixed in your point of view.

However, in the space of the arts, which is just a little bit set apart from everyday life, we can adopt the mind-set of a rehearsal in relative safety and are able to exchange perspectives, standpoints and roles in a playful manner. Self-realisation and self-development seem to have become the domain of many different forms of therapy. We think it’s important for the arts to re-hijack this domain. Art is the space where we can try things out, rehearse our ways of relating to others and the other.

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

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