Can Spivak Speak? 01 was proposed as a format for a telepresence conversation tested experimentally in the framework of the lecture program, as a performative action that has the form of a telematic conversation, not as a conversation itself. Showing as many elements of the conversation as possible using three video projections and setting a notation code based on marks by which the conversation is simultaneously developed and documented through a text file, the proposal establishes a rhythm based on rules and a scenario in which the elements that communication process involves are clearly reshaped and revealed. A rhythm and a scenario in which the conversation is multiplied, unfolded and enhanced and at the same time communication is paralysed, obstructed and reified.
By establishing a conversation format, Can Spivak Speak? 01 aims to reflect on the possibility of articulating a communication process to be shown so that the conversation isn’t transformed into a representation of itself, while also aims to to reflect on the role of the public in such a process and on the concepts about communication and in-communication that surround the project. On the other hand, the topic chosen to exercise the conversation format, a discussion about different ways to materialise a second exercise for Can Spivak Speak? series, is a clear commitment to address the issues raised assuming complexity and establishing connections between concepts, places, images and ideas that navigate the immediate present of the conversation, the past-present-future represented by the first exercise itself, that while taking place is being analysed as if it had already happened to establish the key elements for the second exercise, and finally, a future made present through the planning of the second exercise of the series.
Can Spivak Speak? 01 is a conversation that unfolds to create creases and folds, coincidences and disagreements, is a extremely hard format demanding for both the public and lecturers, in which the language is relentlessly present and each person must decide how to confront its part on the proposal and on the communication process itself.