Melanie Manchot: Cross Talk 2 and 3

Melanie Manchot - January 2017

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Cross Talk 2 held at the Office for Postdoctoral Affairs, Biomedical Campus in December 2016

 

On 10 January we ran the third cross talk, this time focusing on the relational aspects of community. The event was attended by five cross talkers and I was particularly pleased that Rozelle Bosch joined into the conversation. Rozelle is from the Faculty of Divinity and it seemed particularly apt to have her thoughts and perspectives on questions of how communities are shaped by exchange and connectivity. The panel was asked to consider the futurity of human relations in the age of machines and to debate the confluences and divergences between communication, conversation and connection. Having a core group of cross talkers, who are attending every event, is by now building a strong dynamic that brings increasing depth to the conversation.

Cross Talk 3 was observed by four translators and this made for a particularly interesting dynamic - having that many people purposefully listening, observing, transposing what is being said into their respective disciplines of drawing, drama, clown and paganism. As before, we set up an impromptu recording studio in a university seminar room. Holding the event in a different space each time is a deliberate strategy to make the Cross Talks migratory. This will be accentuated in the final Cross Talk 4, which will commence as an ambulatory conversation: On 6 March we will be leaving from the Alison Richards Building on West Road to walk towards Gravel Hill Farm and the NWCD. The walk itself will be a curated conversation between the Cross Talkers and will again be sound recorded and filmed. We will then conclude the series of Cross Talks with a final round table discussion in the community room on Gravel Hill Farm.

 

Cross Talk 3 held in the seminar room, Alison Richards Building in January 2016

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Melanie Manchot

Melanie Manchot is a London based visual artist who works with photography, film and video as a performative and participatory practice. Her projects often explore specific sites, public spaces or particular communities in order to locate notions of individual and collective identities. The mutability of subjectivity as well as the agency of the camera in creating a set of relations are key interests within Manchot's on-going enquiry into personhood and its representations.

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Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Melanie Manchot

July 2016 to June 2017

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