Prague Crossroads

Building Conversation: Conversation Without Words

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We declare love with words, we declare wars with words, and we raise our children with words. From birth to death, a person uses approximately eight billion words. We read and hear five times more. We use 4.400 sentences daily, during 21 conversations. Human culture is all about conversation and speaking. Europe is a conversation, the Netherlands are a conversation, we are a conversation.

Building Conversation is an exercise.
Building Conversation is like a collective free dive; you engage in conversation with others without knowing where you will end up.
Building Conversation is run by a collective of artists, all in their own way fascinated by what happens when we meet in conversation. Inspired by conversation techniques from all over the world, they execute and perform different conversations together with the participants in cities all over Europe.

How do we speak? How do we deal with words? How successful, smart, aggressive or loving are we in conversation?

Building Conversation does exactly that: it focuses on the way we speak. Outside our daily reality, free from existing tensions, free from our striving towards expedience, we create a space in which we can practice conversation. We invite you to join in.

Building Conversation has been developed by a collective of artists and executed and held by a growing group of people who are all fascinated by what happens when we meet in conversation.

The mission of Building Conversation is to contribute to a moving and changing society, a society in which we practice in agility of thinking and feeling. In order to achieve this, we create conditions in which an exchange of perspectives can be practiced in conversation. We create a practise-space that allows you to let go of existing patterns of action, to experience different ways of acting and how these affect us. By doing so, we investigate and discover how we should and can talk to each other.

Building Conversation was initiated by Lotte van den Berg and Daan‘t Sas and has grown into a collective of botanicals, philosophers, activists and affiliates. All fascinated by what happens when you meet in conversation. The group brings the following two conversations out of the whole series: Thinking Together – an Experiment and Conversation without words.


Inspired by Inuit customs

The Conversation Without Words is inspired by annual gatherings of the Inuit, 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 it brings groups together in a very direct way.

No language barrier

Tickets can only be purchased for each of the conversations separately and it is not possible to attend both conversations simultaneously.


This production is not performed at the present time.


to be announced.

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