Dialogues with A Collection presents a stage of relationships between artists and the collection of Laure Genillard. Eleven artists have been invited to engage with one particular work from the collection with either a newly constructed or an existing work, creating a trail of impromptu correspondences across the gallery space.
Tomoko Hojo's performance I am listening to you is based around an interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono made on 6 December 1980, two days before Lennon’s death. Throughout the interview, although John talks without interruption, Ono is often muted and accompanies his speech with laughter and what is referred to in Japanese society as ‘aizuchi’ – affirmations such as ’huh’ or ‘yeah’ which let the other speaker know they are actively listening. Although Yoko seems to inhabit this specific behaviour, there is equally an absence, a meandering in a different time and place. Listening becomes the act of imagining unspoken words, and gradually shifts into a fluidity between listening and speaking.