CONVERSATION         COLLABORATION         COMMUNICATION




Still Conversations is a conversation that takes place between Seoul and San Francisco — Mushi and Alex.

The images look simple — a white wall, a chair and a person — but one chair is in a wooden house in San Francisco on a steep hill — the other chair is in a room in Seoul in a tall high-rise apartment building made of concrete. Sometimes when we are communicating with others we can’t imagine where they are, where they are coming from or the history that is embedded in their bodies.

Alex is in San Francisco. Mushi is in Seoul. Alex can’t imagine that after Mushi takes the image in the red chair that he steps out onto a busy street surrounded by Korean language. Mushi is in a room on a red chair and it feels that he is not far from San Francisco — not far from Alex in her white chair — he is only a chair away — or a room away. The images line up on walls — the distance and proximity that this conversation covers is invisible.

How do people stay connected when they are apart — what makes us feel connected? There can be a gap with two people talking the same room — connection is about hearing and being heard — it is about inhabiting another persons reality as a first step.

Still conversations — a word play — a still image — and this still constitutes a conversation — Alex and Mushi are practicing how to inhabit each others’ realities through the body. Mimicry is the beginning of learning for a child — a child copies their mother — in the smallest details whole cultures are transferred — so in this simple practice, which has a simple rule — copy as best as you can the other person — a playful game — with a lot of  laughter — the body falls off the chair — or can’t bend a certain way — a realization of the skin we live in — the container that holds us — it has an understanding of reality that can be experienced.