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?

Joel Muggleton


I am interested in the idea of ignition in sculpture how by placing two objects together a dialogue is formed thus activating the work. Replacement can be read as a conversation between objects we know to function together, formed from a set of ‘job materials’, which retain a use-reference. Derived from, and inspired by, construction sites and shop re-fits (situations in flux with a sense of on-going), my sculptural arrangements, although a set of stationary objects, have movement in the potential uses/ roles that the scene suggests, along with a space for the viewer (as participant) as they become involved.