A SIlent DInner Party is a regular dinner party except the guests are requested
Please do not use words or your voice
Please don't read or write
Try to make as little noise as possible
Don't interact with technology
Stay with it for at least 2 hours.
28 SDPs have been held in 8 countries. They propel us into the moment and offer a chance for us to connect in real space amidst a world mediated by words and images, at once highlighting cultural differences and revealing a base humanity. They offer the participants a chance to strip quick judgements and shuffle social hierarchies as being without words really does alleviate a major part of our cultural identity.
And most commonly, they are a grand silent giggle! Go to the SDP website here.
Public Interventions, 2005 - 2006.
Stadt Teaser / City Spoiler
Public Interventions, 2006
Video Performance, Living Memory, 2008
2 hour conversation in domestic space
Benjamin J Matthews
4 half hour conversations over 4 hours focusing on the nature of collaboration and the act of thinking through speaking. A part of a group show called Interregnum, with Modern Arts Projects that looks at curatng contemporary art into unique domestic architecture.
Performance, Social Sculpture and Public Interventions