Sayaka Yamamoto: What makes our dialogue different?
Boaz Cohen: Maybe it’s more of a continuous conversation, with no clear beginning or an end. What do you think?
SY: I’m sometimes not even sure whether it is a real dialogue – we’ve been communicating for so long that I often just complete parts of our conversation without actually talking to you.
BC: Funny – it also frequently happens to me that our conversation seem to continue in my head while I’m alone; I even experience it while we’re still talking – it’s almost like having two parallel dialogues at the same time, just less confusing than it might sound.
SY: When you put it this way it almost sounds like we don’t need to actually talk.
BC: Well, I’m sure that knowing each other for so long makes it easier to predict each other’s reactions or opinions, yet it’s certainly necessary to keep this exchange alive.
SY: Still, it would be untrue to say that we always say that much.
BC: The exchange I was talking about can go beyond just being verbal. I think we often share different kinds of inputs – words, images, gestures. It’s a little abstract, but we do understand each other most of the time, don’t we?
SY: I think so – fortunately!
BC: Sometimes misunderstandings can also lead somewhere.
SY: True, as a reminder of how we can still surprise each other. But eventually we always reach a common ground.
BC: I think that it must be about the mutual sensitivity we’ve developed after so many years of being together – it’s often just not necessary to actually say much, but we can sense one another.
SY: It’s like having a superpower!
BC: Or at least sharing an interest. But is that cliché of “One plus one equals more than two” actually true?
SY: I’m not sure if it’s a cliché for me – I think that we manage to get to more together than just individually. At the same time, it’s also a bit strange – almost everything that we separately bring into the dialogue merges and becomes inseparable, so often I can’t recall anymore who said what, etc.
BC: It’s really like forming one being that combines us both – the amazing part for me is not just the mutual understanding, but even more so the outcome, the way we finally manage to reach something balanced together.
SY: It’s almost like we’re both holding a pencil together while drawing, so that we can intuitively feel which one of us should take the lead at any moment.