Dinner Party (2011-2015), a participatory project developed by Dave Ball and Oliver Walker calls upon eight characters who’ve never met and who accept to take part in a “mediatized” discussion around a meal served by the artists. Four of the guests, concealed in various rooms, use phones and earpieces to animate the discussion of the other four, who are seated at the table in main room. Recreated in Montreal, April 15 - 22, 2015, the experience interrupts the usual modes of socialization by decoupling verbal and non-verbal forms of communication.

Text by Véronique Leblanc, curator of Polyphonies. Leblanc is an independent curator and an art history lecturer at Université du Québec à Montréal. She is interested in the generation of contradictions and uncertainty as an artistic strategy.

About the artists:

Dave Ball

Born in 1978 in Swansea (UK)

Lives and works in Wales and Berlin. 

Studied at Goldsmiths College (MA), London, and University of Derby (BA), UK, Dave Ball is represented by Galerie Art Claims Impulse, Berlin. Exhibitions include Searching for the Welsh Landscape, Aberystwyth Arts Centre (solo), Wales, 2016; To Make the Improbable, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Québec, 2013; A to Z: From Aardvark to Axle, Galerie Art Claims Impulse (solo), Berlin, 2013; Making Mirrors, NGBK, Berlin, 2011. Residencies include Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 2014; Est-Nord-Est, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Québec, 2013; Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Germany, 2009. 

Oliver Walker

Born in 1980 in Liverpool (UK)

Lives and works in Berlin and Liverpool.

Oliver Walker uses live art, interventions, and video to investigate social and political systems. He studied Fine Arts at University of the West of England in Bristol (UK) and at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). In 2012, he was awarded a residency from the Senate of Berlin in Cité internationale des Arts, Paris. In 2013 he received a grant from the Arts Council England for his project One Euro, which has since been shown at FACT (Liverpool), Transmediale (Berlin), and is nominated for Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria) in 2015.