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?

Sabatin Bascoban

'The Making of La Botte Gonflable', Video on DVD, 12 min., French with English subtitles.

A young woman is looking for a way to take things easy. She fantasizes about an ideal state where life is nothing but a walk on puffy clouds. In a series of short episodes we get to know her and the way she deals with the demands of the outer world. She does so by communicating on different levels with the viewer (the man behind the camera): in intimate situations, in an interview, by making faces and pantomiming, and by explaining her "invention" and commenting on it to another person over the phone.