Give What You Can, Take What You Need

Conversing through gifting.

7 - 8 November 2009

With Rajni Shah


  • Give What You Can, Take What You Need in Newcastle

In this interactive performance, multimedia artist Rajni Shah playfully explored the notions of community and conversation through the practice of exchanging gifts.

Set in the bustling Eldon Square, passers-by were greeted at a large table, where they were offered a small gift as a token and as an inspiration for them to bring and share something at the table; be it time, conversation or gifts. ‘It was wonderful to have the excuse to talk to complete strangers, to reflect on what makes a conversation, or a community, gel or fall apart. This was an unforgettable experience’  Participant of Give What You Can, Take What You Need