Tshirt conversations is a performance in which Belgium-based collective buren create different dialogues based on t-shirt quotes and statements they encounter on the streets, in shops and online. Taking them seriously, the artists Oshin Albrecht and Melissa Mabesoone were curious about how and why these messages are brought into the world, who the messages are for and what dialogues could come forth if these statements start to interact.
buren decided to use these rigid lines, spoken or thought, to challenge their often ironic, rude or blatant nature and turn them into dialogues, exploring their political, absurd or humorous qualities. From father-daughter conversations, friends discussing feminism, to late night phone sex, the slogans are being digested and put back out there in a clever and humorous way.
In 2012 Oshin Albrecht and Melissa Mabesoone founded the collective buren. Their work focuses on the de- and reconstruction of image and language and has a strong visual character with specific attention to the musicality of text and to the way in which sound and music function as a means of communication. The crossover practice of buren is shown in visual art and theater-related contexts such as STUK Playground, Vooruit, BUDA, Bâtard or Kaaitheater.
In English, limited number of participants.
With support from apap - Feminist Futures 2020-2024, co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.
Created and Performed by: buren (Melissa Mabesoone & Oshin Albrecht) • Production: buren • duration & language: 30 min, English (and 1 or 2 other languages like French, depending on the T-shirt quotes)