Do you have the courage to step outside the box and join a real conversation? In an increasingly divided Europe, it's more important than ever to make contact and encourage conversation and debate. Interactions between people who disagree with one another are rare. How can we get people to really talk?
Maastricht, Working on Europe has asked the artists' collective Building Conversation to encourage you to start a conversation with your fellow Europeans. These sessions will focus on the challenges facing Europe. Should Europe close its borders to immigrants or keep them open? Should the Netherlands remain part of the EU? Will Brexit bring the remaining EU countries closer together? Participants are invited to submit topics to be discussed during the sessions on 8 December.
The discussion will take the form of an agonistic debate, which emphasises the potentially positive aspects of conflict and opposition and was developed in response to the theories of philosopher Chantal Mouffe. She believes that the political arena needs conflict and that art can contribute to the development of the 'agonstic space'.
About Building Conversation
Building Conversation is an initiative of Lotte van den Berg and has developed into a major artists' collective. For more information, visit www.buildingconversation.nl.
This programme by Maastricht, Working on Europe was developed in collaboration with De Balie, which produces programmes about art, culture and politics.