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?

Garrett Lynch / Frédérique Santune

'Video Network #1: Dialogues' video installation
Single channel documentation video

Video Network #1: Dialogues, is a two channel non-linear video installation created by artists Garrett Lynch and Frédérique Santune. The installation employs a custom designed electronic interface, which enables the creation of networked or connected video based art works.

Each artist conceived of an exploratory video within the locality of the other. Two separate video works, based on ideas of place, appropriation, exploration, walking, mapping, performance and opposites (or binary); male and female, Irish and French, night and day etc., were created in isolation. Within the installation these two videos communicate, in effect network and influence each other, creating constantly changing compositions.