“Dialogical”—week 08(Nancy)

“Dialogical” is a process-based and performative approach which distinguished from traditional art form. “Dialogical” achieve artistic influence by its “context” instead of “content”. Take example of “Shelter for Drug-Addicted Women”, Wochenklausur provided a platform to let different classes of society (including: sex-workers, politicians, the mayor, city councilors, attorneys, journalists, police chiefs, and doctors) sit together, and communicated with each other outside the rhetorical demands of their official status. In my opinion, the participants could get final consensus on the drug-addicted issue was because this project gave them a chance to communicate and got to know each other as equitable human, in this “public sphere”, the participants did not represent any society level but themselves, thereby the participants could have this frank discussion on the issue and forged an empathic understanding of each other. The dialogical aesthetic is that making the speakers rely solely on the impact of superior argument potentially, and the self-awareness makes them to be critical of their opinions.

“Dialogical” should be appraised and encouraged because it put Humanistic concern into practice and achieved its socio-political effect. In fact, most social contradictions and issues are result from the unfamiliar of different classes, therefore they complain each other once the problems occurred and that cause the deeper hatred eventually. As artists, rather than simply express the situation of one certain group, it is more powerful to achieving a soul communication without the restrain of nationality, ethnicity, grades, and aptitude among the contradictory opposites.

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