The Art of Conversation: London – Berlin
Playing broken telephone over VoIP, or why predictability is overrated.
By Maria Popova
Collaboration and the cross-pollination of ideas are a crucial part of the creative process. (Contrary to what some rampant creative egos may lead you to assume.) An inspired new art project titled The Art of Conversation: London – Berlin explores the potent realm of collaborative creativity by pairing ten London-based designers and design studios with ten based in Berlin to create twenty original works.
For 90 days, the designers will play a visual game of Chinese whispers, with each pair involved in a single step in the chain. Here’s how it works: Once the first participant comes up with an idea, they present it to the next participant via Skype, and that designer or studio has three days to interpret and forward their results to the next participant, creating a series of ongoing conversations.
These interpretations can take the form of any creative medium — from sculpture to performance, photograph to written word — aiming to showcase the rich, diverse and unpredictable nature of creativity.
The exhibitions will be an exemplification of the design process itself laying bare the ways in which ideas are realised visually through a multiplicity of techniques, materials and cultural influences. ~ The Curators
In addition to their contribution, each participating studio will also produce a limited-edition screen print inspired by their involvement in the project, which will be available for purchase both in the offline exhibitions and online.
The curators hope this will allow the viewer to explore the fringes of the creative process rather than merely the finished works, making for a more immersive and engaging experience.
The London exhibition opens May 11th and runs through May 24th. The Berlin one goes from June 12th to July 3rd.
Published April 1, 2010