Collective Conversations series activate public spaces through conversational and creative exchanges, sharing meals, and connecting to ideas that connect our humanity. These conversations are modeled after our own collective bi-monthly Skype meetings, collapsing geographic and time zones. Since our beginnings in 2012, this form has been a way we to enter each others domestic spaces, building our ongoing creative and personal relationships with each other. We have seen our families grow and change through this space, watched our own transitions, been able to experience emotional states in real time and have built our love for each other and others we work with through these real time live and virtual exchanges. Our Collective Conversation series engages larger conversations with a variety of participants around social ideas we are interested in exploring with others. We are developing this form and practice and welcome opportunities to host future Collective Conversations.
As a collective, we strive to understand how a practice of knowledge-sharing, shared values and artistic practice can bridge our cultures and begin to dissolve boundaries. How do our individual lived experiences contribute to this process?
The discussion at YBCA focuses on our lived experiences and research into into collective inquiry, co-designed processes and collaborative creative interactions and encounters that have lead to new and engaged understanding of our communities and cultures. Now after 5 years, we have created various experiences as a collective that have both challenged and helped us to nd common ground and construct new relationships between knowledge, practice and democracy. As individuals and through our common practice, the collective process has helped to us redefine, reposition and reconnect ourselves in relation to others. Through our interest in the idea of the “commons” we are moved by Bruguera’s statement: We understand the need to revive the concept of the commons, of the earth as a space that everyone has the right to access and enjoy.
Collective Conversations has also taken the form of discussions and exchanges with experts to understand ideas, processes and histories that engage our work. We assembles in 2014 a series of expert conversation both in museums, and in local park lands, coastal shorelines, and in the various locations in our urban centers. Our expert conversations include: Tom McKeag, Bio-Designer , co-founder and editor of Zygote Quarterly and Director of the Center for Green Chemistry at US Berkeley; Mary Muszynski, Landscape Designer and City Park Planner; Susan Schwartzenberg, Curator of the Fisher Bay Observatory, Exploratorium; Lata Mani, feminist historian, cultural critic, contemplative writer & filmmaker; Dr Yellapa Ready, former Researcher and director of the Forestry Services, Karnta, Chief Conservator, and Secretary, Department of Ecology and Environment, in Karnataka, India, among many other distinguished citizens.