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Ross Gibson, Conversations II, 2008

Throughout the 2008 Biennale of Sydney, the public is invited to book a conversation lasting up to 45 minutes with artist and writer Ross Gibson. These conversations take place in the lobby at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Five conversations are available each day and Gibson will keep an online log, of the clustered topics that emerge during the three months.

Using the most basic elements – time, language, attitude, attentiveness – the project seeks some humble revolutions: the back-and-forth rhythm of courteous argument, the turn of thinking that can excite a generous exchange, daily cycles of diligence accumulating into weeks and months of intellectual commitment, the spiralling feedback loop of themes evolving as participants argue over the accumulating topics.

Gibson will start with a naive impulse: to grow a world of thinking and feeling and talking, a turning world that, with each uttered transaction, grows richer than the sum of its individual speakers. In the long run, the project will revolve around conviviality – examining how civil ideas and sentiments can spin out from shared investigation.

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Wednesday, 18 June to Sunday, 7 September. Daily.

Bookings essential. During opening week of the Biennale, visitors are invited to drop into the Art Gallery of New South Wales to see if Ross Gibson is free for an unscheduled conversation.

Find out more at: http://conversationsii.bos2008.com

Ross Gibson, Conversations II, the artist in conversation with visitor as part of his ongoing project for the 16th Biennale of Sydney 2008 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Courtesy the artist
Photograph: Jenni Carter

Thursday, 28 August 2008
10:00am - 4:00pm

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

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