Program

Building Conversation at the Humboldt Forum (DE)

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.

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A CURSE POEM at OPENBARE WERKEN by Kunstencentrum Vooruit (BE)

After the premiere in Kortrijk, A CURSE POEM will be passed on in several cities. First stop is Ghent where A CURSE POEM is part of OPENBARE WERKEN. OPENBARE WERKEN (‘public works’) is an artistic journey of discovery where Kunstencentrum Vooruit connects artists and their work with the city and its inhabitants.

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Building Conversation at City of Women (SI)

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.

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Building Conversation and KAAP (BE)

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.

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Building Conversation and Matchbox in Rhein Neckar (DE)

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.

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Building Conversation at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussel (BE)

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.

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Constructing a Collective Gaze

Building Conversation is developing (new) work under the name Constructing a Collective Gaze. 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 […]

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Building Conversation at SANCTARAGELO 2050 – FUTURO FANTASTICO (IT)

In July we travel to Sanctarangelo Festival. Santarcangelo, dedicated to contemporary theatre, dance and performative arts, is one of the most important Italian festivals, as well as the oldest. With SANCTARAGELO 2050 – FUTURO FANTASTICO, the festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary while also looking to the future.

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A CURSE POEM at Almost Summer Festival BUDA (BE)

Gedurende dit hele jaar is BUDA zoveel als ze konden doorgegaan met het hosten en ondersteunen van kunstenaars, zo ook N.E.S.H.A.A. (door onder andere Peter Aers en Obiozo Ukpabi van Building Conversation, met als resultaat dat A CURSE POEM op het Almost Summer Festival op 10 juni zijn première beleeft!

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Building Conversation at Sånafest (NO)

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 […]

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Washing Hands at the Internationale Schillertage (DE)

In June, in addition to Bruges and Milan, we will also 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 […]

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Washing Hand at FAROUT Festival (IT)

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.

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STRP Festival 2021 | All of Us

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.

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Building Conversation at Oslo National Academy of Arts (NO)

From March till June Building Conversation will be a guest and host at the Oslo National Academy of Arts with a series of 5 conversations. In this series we invite you to explore with us how we as persons and professionals relate to current themes like Freedom of expression, Exclusion and Climate Change.

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Singapore International Festival of Arts (SG)

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.

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Water Webinar: The Water Inspiration

Building Conversation has been invited to participate in the Water Webinars Series. This series of webinars is organized by Ghent University (Belgium), University of California Berkeley (USA) and the University of Queensland (AU). The webinars offer a wide range of perspectives on the topic of Water and are presented by experts from different fields.On February […]

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Building Conversation works together with students from DAMU in Prague

Sodja Lotker (dramaturge and curator) is involved in Building Conversation as a facilitator and teaches at DAMU, The Academy for Performance Art in Prague. Prague went into complete lockdown before the Netherlands and Sodja asked us to work with a group of students on “distant dramaturgy and performance” for seven weeks. She also asked us […]

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Impossible conversation on Failure with Rest for the Wicked

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 December Rest for the Wicked will create a platform where we […]

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Building Conversation at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture

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.

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Building Conversation at B.Motion Danza

How can a conversation be an artwork in itself?How do you question the role of the spectator?Why is it important to expand conversations beyond human beings?What has time to do with care? During the Italian festival B.Motion Danza On Zoom, Lotte van den Berg was interviewed by Peggy Olislaegers. They exchanged thoughts on words and […]

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Building Conversation at Ter Apel

Starting From the beginning of 2020, Building Conversation has a workspace in Ter Apel. Abandoned forty years ago, the potato starch factory is overrun by trees, mosses and creepers. Roofs are falling in. Walls are collapsing. Here, we go to work by not-doing and not-acting. We leave the transformation process that begun decades ago undisturbed. […]

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Education project: Welcome to the Parliament of Things

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). This unique […]

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Cinéma Imaginaire in Italy

In 2015, Cinéma Imaginaire by Lotte van den Berg premiered; a performance made by spectators who are challenged to make an imaginary film that will only exist in their heads. An invitation to experience reality in an unusual way and to look for new perspectives. Suddenly, without anyone noticing, reality turns into fiction. Two years […]

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Conversation on the Future at Metropolis – Copenhagen

With Metropolis, we focus on the future. The impossible, uncertain future that is difficult to talk about. In this corona situation, many questions are asked about the way we have organised ourselves in society. 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, […]

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Where Should We Begin

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? 

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c: Maarten Tromp

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.

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In school

Building Conversation op School is een programma waarin leerlingen en docenten samen onderzoeken hoe ze met elkaar spreken en kunnen spreken. Recent onderzoek naar democratische kernwaarden onder jongeren toont aan dat een open discussieklimaat in de klas een belangrijke factor is voor het bevorderen van democratisch burgerschap.

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