Building Conversation and Matchbox in Rhein Neckar
Starting last January, we have been organizing conversations in collaboration with Matchbox again. Our collaboration started three years ago during the Democracy Festival HAMBACH! 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.
Last year we shared our practices with young people from the area. After a period of working together they guided the Conversation without words, the Agonistic conversation, the Impossible conversation and Thinking together – an experiment. An important part of the group is still actively involved in Building Conversation as facilitators.
This year our collaboration consists of two parts and will run until September. In January we started with the first part; a program where we perform a different online conversation every month. We alternate between Impossible Conversation and Distant Thoughts. In addition, we hope to physically go to Germany again in May to perform A Conversation for Two live. This time we will try to reach even more people from the region to connect young and old people from different villages.
In August and September we will also be transferring our performative conversations to a new group of young people on location in Neustadt (an der Weinstrasse) and another community.
It is exciting to see how involved these young people are and that they feel the urge to seek out connection through conversations with each other and also to stay connected.
c: Sarah Hähnle
Matchbox is an extraordinary programme of artistic discourse, spanning theatre, dance, performance, visual art, music and literature that travels through the region and manifests itself in diverse ways. It appears, disappears, re-appears, continuing on its way while leaving traces. Matchbox is a format that relies on the spirit of discovery and love of participation by the audiences in the Rhine-Neckar region for its specific projects that are individually bound to places and local people and created by artists of international renown, thus radiating beyond provincial and national borders. More info on Matchbox
We are working with Matchbox again this year and created an online program where you can participate in different conversations. This month you can take part in Distant Thoughts. In Distant Thoughts you are invited to take a close look at the contacts you enter into with people you don’t know. It is a telephone conversation for two people who do not know each other: an unusual encounter between strangers.
We are working with Matchbox again this year and created an online program where you can participate in different conversations. This month you can take part in Impossible Conversation on Trust and Controle. A conversation inspired by a Jesuit method in which you slow down and connect personal images by writing, reading and speaking together.