June 19, 2008 - A Prior Magazine - New York Conversations
June 19, 2008

New York Conversations

William Hogarth, c. 1730-5

New York Conversations

On the occasion of the making of A Prior Magazine #18 and the opening of the new e-flux’ space, A Prior Magazine is happy to present The New York Conversations with Nico Dockx, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Anton Vidokle

Partcipants:
Liam Gillick, Martha Rosler, Louwrien Wijers, Jan Verwoert, Miwon Kwon, Marti Peran, Sis Matthé, Egon Hanfstingl and A Prior editors Anders Kreuger, Dieter Roelstraete, Monika Szewczyk, Andrea Wiarda and Els Roelandt.

Daily food and conversation sessions 26-27-28 june
Hours: 1pm till 3 pm and 8pm till 10pm

Where: 41 Essex Street, NYC, NY 10002*
*This event is free but there is limited seating so please make your reservation by sending an email to els@aprior.org . (Please also state what day and hour you want to come, please only enlist for one session so to give others a chance to join too). A limited number of seats is available the days of the event.

The New York Conversations will be followed by the production of A Prior Magazine #18 and its festive presentation at Beursschouwburg Brussels (10-11 october 2008) . www.beursschouwburg.be

Participants and visitors are advised to respect the following rules *:

- It is necessary to listen to others if one wants to have their attention

- Above all things and upon all occasions, avoid speaking of yourself

- Being over confident and peremptory does very much unfit men for conversation

- Avoid too excessive pedantic or technical speech (like direct interrogation, the use of imperatives and short answers such as ‘Yes’ and above all ‘No’)

- Adapt your conversation to the people you are conversing with

- Honourable people must never use a low word in their speech

- Subjects to avoid for men: ‘hunting, hawking and the War of the Netherlands; for women: fashionable clothes and housewifery. In general avoid talking about one’s children, telling one’s dreams or boasting of one’s nobility or riches.

- It is a great fault to be too fond of keeping silent

- don’t talk when you eat, it makes people think you are not enjoying the food

- It is better to be a men of few words than a ciarlatore

- No one speaks to the king during his public meals unless he addresses him first

And ofcourse:
Whereof one cannot speak, thereof must one be silent

* see Peter Burke, The Art of Conversation in Early Modern Europe, 1993

v.z.w. Mark // A Prior Magazine
Main office:
J Kluyskensstraat 6, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
t. +32 476 23 54 94 // els@aprior.org

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Research and Circulation: maria@aprior.org
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A Prior Magazine is supported by the Flemish Community and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) of the University College Ghent

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