Dialogue in Place

This project has evolved from a dialogue between Joyce Lyon (University of Minnesota) and Andrea Thoma (University of Leeds) who have maintained a transatlantic studio conversation about place for more than ten years reflecting on how one might consider location in relation to ideas of landscape, memory, representation and abstraction. The first stage of the project led to the exhibition Dialogue in Place, which was shown at Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, and at Powerhouse II Gallery, Wakefield, (2000).

In more recent bodies of work, both artists considered place in relation to time, intimacy, pilgrimage and dwelling, exploring how different media facilitate different modes of visual thinking. This was reflected in the exhibitions Dialogue in Place: Volume II (2012) at Form and Content Gallery, Minneapolis, and Dialogue in Place Volume III: Shifting Perspectives (2016) at Foyer Gallery, School of Design, University of Leeds.

The project is supported by two publications:

  • Lyon, J., Thoma, A. (2016), Shifting Perspectives: Dialogue in Place Volume III, Essay by Iain Biggs, Bowker. ISBN 978-0-692-80083-6 http://www.iainbiggs.co.uk/text-the-conversational-weave-another-place/
  • Lyon, J.; Thoma, A. (2000), Dialogue in Place, Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds in association with the University of Minnesota. Essays by Dr Iain Biggs and Monika Ochtrup.

Dialogue in Place Volume II: a visual conversation


At the occasion of Dialogue in Place Volume II, Lyon and Thoma gave a public ‘collaborative talk’, which took place on 9 February 2012 at Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. http://mediamill.cla.umn.edu/mediamill/embed/158749

Dialogue in Place Volume III: shifting perspectives