How do you record a conversation?

Personal Notes:

Conversations are very difficult to pin down for a variety of reasons:

( If you have two eyewitnesses to an accident each person will have a different version of the same event)

Using an audio/visual recorder can affect dynamic (when videoing lessons it took a few weeks before the children stopped playing up to the camera and for the teacher to become more natural, left camera in corner of classroom sometimes on and sometimes off until it became a part of the furniture)

Taking minutes is selective recording.

Maybe when recording a conversation you need to just focus on recording one element or even just an impression?

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Collecting a tablecloth afterwards?

Using a paper tablecloth and  inviting everyone to  scribble notes and key phrases/ doodles?


Ideas to consider and look at further/discard.



Thoughts and notes on conversation(personal reference)
So what exactly is a conversation? Can it be clearly defined?
My dictionary defines it as “The spoken exchange of thoughts, opinions, and feelings; talk.”
Wikipedia defines conversation as ‘a form of interactive, spontaneous communication between 2 or more people following rules of etiquette’

Conversation is about so much more than the spoken word I think. When involved in face-face interaction there are so many different elements to consider – tone of voice, facial expression,body language, chemistry etc. People’s moods influence the direction and ‘feeling’ of a conversation – add alcohol and/or food and the dynamic changes again.
Where does social media fit in to this? Video conferencing? Do these dilute conversation or are they just conversations in the truest sense of the word? Are we more reticent knowing that these conversations are recorded?

The following are some thoughts I have been having since we started looking at ‘conversations’ as part of the module:
Conversations are fluid – they are responsive and unpredictable.
You cannot begin a conversation knowing how it will end.
Each person brings a unique set of ideas and experiences to a conversation.
You cannot have the same conversation twice.
Each person perceives or experiences the same conversation in a different way.
Are these statements true?

Tino Sehgal



Tino Sehgal

‘There’s too much stuff in the world—that’s the contention of Tino Sehgal. So The Berlin-based artist constructs experiences, not objects, that can nevertheless be bought and sold.’


‘For This situation, his first New York show, at the Marian Goodman gallery in 2007, hired players started a conversation by calling out one of 100 prechosen philosophical maxims—for instance, “In 1670, somebody said: ‘True eloquence has no use for eloquence.’” They interrupted themselves to announce to new visitors, “Welcome to This situation”; to periodically demand of a viewer, “What do you think?”; or to intermittently strike poses from famous works of art.’

Above quotes taken from link below:


Perhaps elements of this could inject a new dynamic to the next conversational task!


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