a collaborative research project that interrogates how artists and researchers use dialogue in practice


2019 Panels

The first day of the symposium, at Derby Theatre  (Tuesday 19th November) will be punctuated by three discursive panels, the first two will introduce Heather Connelly and Rhiannon Jones, cofounders of InDialogue’s artistic research and practice in this field: Connelly’s Translation Zones a transdisciplinary series of works, events and projects which use art practice to engage people in the complex issues of translation and transcultural communication considering translation as a dialogic act – across and beyond languages, cultures, people and time; and Jones’ architactics for conversation, an artistic methodology for the production of conversation, which combines architectural and performance theory in order to generate discourse, which has evolved into The Social Higher Education Depot (S.H.E.D). The third panel will contextualise InDialogue 2019 resident artists hancock & kelly’s performance in relation to debates concerning the tensions exists between performance and its residues. The panellists will reflect and respond to their dialogical ways of making work.

It is envisaged that these ideas will initiate further dialogue with other works over the following few days. There will be opportunities of the third day o at Nottingham Contemporary  to consolidate and return to these dialogues, and the themes of the conference and to consider the potential for further research, collaborative projects, exhibitions, special interest groups, publications or funding bids.

Panel 1: S.H.E.D



This panel will discuss the impact that mobile projects have on cultural, social and political discourse and notions of placemaking (Courage, 2017) or place shaping for cities. It is an opportunity for reflection on the ambitions and lessons learnt for S.H.E.D as a literal and metaphorical vehicle for the design of dialogue. Professor Alex Nunn will describe  the way in which intersectional inequalities are produced and reproduced across space and time and explore the ways in which these dynamics might shape the way that we collect and analyse data about inequality. Dr Rhiannon Jones will focus her input on the impact that artistic practice has on engaging or engineering alternative sites for social, creative and cultural engagement. Dr Victoria Barker will draw on her research into the creation of cultural ecosystems and how the interdisciplinary nature of artistic practice. And her focus on how cities as a site for cultural policy and dialogue. Together they will reflect on how their individual areas of research weave together through their collaboration on the interdisciplinary project S.H.E.D.


Professor Alex Nunn, Dr Victoria Barker, Dr Rhiannon Jones. Chair: Dr Cara Courage, Director TateExchange.

Bios of the panelists can be viewed on the presenters page.

Watch the panel event here:

Transcript avalible 

Panel 2: Unresting and re-verbing



hancock & kelly Dr Traci Kelly and Richard Hancock, Mark Jeffery (Associate Professor, Performance, SAIC), is the curator of In>Time and a former member of Goat Island; Nicholas Lowe (Associate Professor, Historic Preservation, SAIC) is the Curator of the Goat Island Archival and the exhibition, goat island archive – we have discovered the performance by making it; Jennie Klein (Professor of Art History, Ohio University) will moderate the panel.


This panel will discuss performance in relation to its’ archive. Based on a recognition that tensions exists between performance and its residues the recent exhibition in Chicago, goat island archive – we have discovered the performance by making it, took as its main curatorial focus the idea that the archive of Goat Island is not the performance of Goat Island. Discovering through making was articulated by Goat Island as a way to think about their performances, and this idea was extended as an invitation to ten artists to reflect upon Goat Island’s work through the archive as a starting point for making their own new performances. The exhibition began with an invited residency series that was facilitated through  In>Time, a Chicago wide performance Triennial festival, and culminated in the presentation of new performance works in parallel to a multi-focused exhibition of the Goat Island Archive produced as a featured season of the 2019-Year of Chicago Theatre at the  Chicago Cultural Centre.

Unresting and re-verbing are understood by the panellists as processes of articulating response – a dialogical mechanism where detail that is gleaned from archival material is taken as a prompt, from which to produce new live performance work. The panellists will each present their reflections on recent work. – hancock & kelly (artists Richard Hancock and Traci Kelly) will reflect on the making of their dialogical performance work An Extraordinary Rendition (2019) as a response to the Goat Island’s performance Soldier, Child, Tortured Man (1987).

Goat Island was a seminal performance group based in Chicago who between 1987 and 2009 presented performances throughout Europe and the United States. Working as a collective nine performances were made, and each entwined historical and contemporary themes through movement, text and arresting images. The Goat Island Archive is now maintained in the Libraries and Special Collections at The School of The Art Institute Of Chicago. hancock & kelly began collaborating in 2001 and continue to make critically challenging work that hinges on the material body as a visceral site through which to question the gaps between subjects.

Bios of the panelists can be viewed on the presenters page.