An Exquisite Conversation is part of the Architecture Fringe 2017, an independent, contributor-led series of events and projects across the arts which explores architecture and how it makes a difference to our lives.
An exquisite conversation is a heterotopian discussion; an open tête-á-tête; a non-consensual parley; a cordial conflict. An exquisite conversation is conference as parlour game.
In the same way the Surrealists’ cadavres exquis exploited collaborative writing and drawing techniques to create a representation that everyone affected but no-one controlled, the exquisite conversation will grow from paradoxical configurations of ‘appendages’ derived from participant-generated lines of enquiry. The discourse will cover a multitude of disciplines, metamorphosing and hybridising past, present and future issues into new and unexpected combinations, engaging serendipity and automatism with corpse as mediator.
As attendees enter the room, they will be allocated three cards. Upon these three cards will be three corresponding prompts, and participants can then write down any word or phrase that comes to mind, responding to the prompts as they see fit. The cards will then be gathered, collated and the three sets placed into three rolodexes. These rolodexes will operate not unlike a fruit machine, combining three words from random cards to create an exquisite corpse for discussion between a rolling roster of speakers. When one conversation thread naturally ends, the rolodexes will be spun again and a new topic generated. Lather, rinse, repeat.
An Exquisite Conversation'Conferring with the Corpse'
Saturday 8 July11AM—1PMAnatomy Lecture TheatreSummerhall, Edinburgh