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?

Kate Moyse

'Babbling in the Tower'

Babbling in the Tower is an installation, which explores the struggle to communicate feelings by dissecting the dialogue between two estranged people who are trapped together in a white room. Their meeting is unplanned and emotionally strained. Battling each other with elaborate theories and hiding behind words, neither can actually win their conflict. Struggling to control themselves and each other only leads to further fears and limits their ability to listen to each other. The two people’s dialogue is typed in separate books and presented on two white tables one meter apart.