Cally Spooner, Gary Stevens, Imogen Stidworthy
Harvey Sacks, the American sociologist who is regarded as being the founder of conversation analysis is interested in looking at sequences of conversation and ‘tearing them apart in such a way as to find rules, techniques, procedures, methods, maxims that can be used to generate the orderly features we find in the conversations we examine’. It is his interest in the technology of conversation that has led to an ongoing study of our social interactions within a range of everyday situations, a field for which Loughborough University has established an international reputation.
Cally Spooner, Gary Stevens and Imogen Stidworthy were invited to respond to the work being undertaken by academics into discourse and rhetoric and developed new performances inspired by their investigations around speech and the verbal interplay between individuals.
Many thanks to Charles Antaki, Carly Butler, Elizabeth Stokoe and all other academics who have engaged with the artists as part of their research. Further information on the work of the department can be found here.