Image: Mladen Hrvanovic

Image: Mladen Hrvanovic


For a dialogue to form, the process requires another. When another is presented the dialogue becomes a dichotomy. Do we adopt another persona according to who we are talking to and how genuine is that chat? According to David Bohm, no one wins a dialogue; a dialogue is an exploratory process and does not work towards a goal. However, Mikhail Bakhtin held that relationships and connections exist among all living beings, and that dialogue creates a new understanding of a situation that demands change.

Dialogue can be seen as an exchange but this exchange is not always equal or amicable, it can manifest into an emotional charge, disagreements, it may lead to conflicts, irrationality, fake romances, or jealous contingencies. Does dialogue hinder us or further us?

Anna-Marya Tompa

'Empty Gesture'

”Empty Gestures” concerns the dialogue of the artist. In the video the artist makes elaborate gestures in a one-sided conversation. In the foreground plays a sequence of hands from Cold War statues and socialist realist paintings reduced to being gestures and evoking the hand of the artists that created them. The dialogue that remains is one of history and memory.