Friday, 5 June 2009


As Open Dialogues, Rachel Lois Clapham and Alex Eisenberg will be working with the 2009 East End Collaborations (EEC) community this weekend to develop Question Time; a critical response to the work seen at EEC.

For Question Time we will be asking you to ask questions of or about the work you see. What does that mean? Does it hurt? Does your mother know you’re here?

Whatever your questions are, we will use them as stimulus in relation to the work; asking questions of your questions, speculating on possible answers or just maybe leaving them hanging...

The final text will be available from the 21st June in a downloadable PDF file on the Open Dialogues Blog

All questions will remain unattributed unless you tell us otherwise. We look forward to speaking to you at EEC.

Open Dialogues is a UK based collaboration, founded by Rachel Lois Clapham and Mary Paterson, that produces critical writing and debate on contemporary art.

East End Collaborations (EEC) is a partnership between Queen Mary, University of London and the Live Art Development Agency to support graduates and young artists working with Live Art in London.


Alex Eisenberg; Bimbi; London; Artist and Writer; London; Advanced Theatre Practice, Central School of Speech and Drama; Chemistry, B; Street Walker for a chartered surveyors; ‘Physics of the Impossible’ by Michio Kaku; ‘Fragments’by Jean Beaudrillard; Waiter for a catering company; network visualisation diagrams, maps, conversation, proximity, transcription; none; no current income, working on a new project with Present Attempt; £200; ‘Sounding the Event’, Yves Lomax; cort├Ęge; picture frame making.

Rachel Lois Clapham; Poo; Bradford; Curator and Writer; Manchester; Contemporary Art Theory Goldsmiths College; Physical Education: E; Curator of Nahnou-Together Now at Tate Britain; an exhibition of socially engaged art; Will Self ‘How the Dead Live’; Deleuze & Guattari ‘A Thousand Plateaus’; Sanitary Waste Collector (Dog Units) Fullwood Prison; live writing, performance criticism, improvisation, contingency and the porosity of text; Leeds United; Co-Director of Open Dialogues; £250 plus expenses; Jeff Nuttall ‘Bomb Culture’; marginalia; Second Life.

Questions: Name; the name your family or partner calls you (nick-name); the city you live in; what you do; your home town; MA course you did recently; the subject and result of your lowest GCSE grade; a job you had in 2008; a book you are reading for pleasure; a book you have not read because you tried and found it off-putting; your worst job ever; current writerly fascinations; Football team your family or partner supports (if any); what job you are doing now; the most you have been paid for a commission; a book you are really looking forward to reading; favorite word; a mild fascination that could develop into an obsession if you had more time

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