How to be together in a non-polemical way? That question will be the start of a conversation by Amsterdam based artist Erik Hagoort and Chicago based artist Kirsten Leenaars, on the occasion of the launch of Hagoort’s book I don’t know what you are going to say.
I don’t know what you are going to say (2018) provides a picture of the ‘thinking together aloud’ that went on during several conversations initiated by Hagoort in recent years. The book also contains a series of essays in which Hagoort builds on ideas on closeness that originate from philosophers Ilse Bulhof, Emmanuel Levinas, Cornelis Verhoeven and others.
Erik Hagoort invites the participants of the conversations to follow conditions of speaking and thinking that might stimulate to develop together lines of thought, without taking positions.
Kirsten Leenaars shows a likewise interest in developing ways to be together in a non-polemical way. In her ongoing project (Re)Housing the American Dream (since 2010) she provides a collective forum for refugee and American born children in which they approach hospitably one another’s dreams, hopes, and expectations.
Hagoort & Leenaars in conversation:
How to hold a non-polemic conversation?
You don’t know what the other person is going to say.
You don’t always know what you yourself are going to say.