Artists Wesam Al Asali, FRAUD and Nastassja Simensky come together to bring a critical framing to the concept of preservation. Embracing different methodologies and spanning diverse contexts – from the Syrian conflict, to pre and postindustrial England – their practices shed light on issues of accountability, agency, power and ownership.
Exploring the "technologies" of conversation.
Conversation Analysis, in the words of the American Sociologist Harvey Sacks, is concerned with tearing apart conversation 'in such a way as to find rules, techniques, procedures, methods [and] maxims that can be used to generate the orderly features we find in the conversations we examine.' This interest in what might be termed the 'technologies' of conversation inspires Loughborough University's Discourse and Rhetoric Group (DARG), who situate it in a range of everyday situations.
For Talk/Action, Radar invited three artists to develop new performances inspired by DARG's research. Extrapolating from, highlighting and playing with conversation's 'technologies', they presented one of life's most familiar features in entirely unfamiliar forms.