Within a workshop or studio, Bricolage is a process where the
artist-as-bricoleur finds ad hoc collections of items and recombines
them in unusual ways. A bricoluer uses simple tools for many
tasks. This thesis considers how a contemporary bricoleur might
step away from the workshop and into the everyday, taking only a
broom as a familiar tool.
“Conversations with strangers” performs the bricoleur at five
sites, where the broom is a device that collects fragments of
memories from conversations recorded there. These conversations
form an inventory or collection that is a palimpsest merging human
dialogue with a layer of sound from the sites as the broom sweeps.
Together with the broom, these fragments are repurposed within a
sculptural installation and post-studio performance of the