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Monday, April 22 2019 since 1997 Summer Semester 2019

Program

  • Emine Sevgi Özdamar

    with Ulrike Vedder
    Die krank gewordenen Wörter
    Thursday, May 02, 2019, 07:15 pm, Hegelplatz 2, Hörsaal 1.101
  • Maria Eichhorn und Sabeth Buchmann

    with Elisabeth Wagner
    Gemeinschaftliche Kunst - Praktiken im öffentlichen Raum: Das ›Rose Valland Institut‹ und andere Projekte
    Thursday, May 09, 2019, 07:15 pm, Unter den Linden 6, Senatssaal
  • Juliane Rebentisch

    with Ethel Matala de Mazza
    Ausstellungen des Politischen in der Kunst
    Thursday, May 16, 2019, 07:15 pm, Unter den Linden 6, Senatssaal
  • Édouard Louis

    with Lothar Müller
    Confronting Literature. Schooling, Writing, Politics
    Thursday, June 27, 2019, 07:15 pm, Unter den Linden 6, Senatssaal

Languages of the Political in Literature and Art


The loss of trust in representative democracy and its institutions combined with multimedia disinformation campaigns nurtures the desire for active democracy and good government beyond elections: active in negotiating its own contradictions and conflicts and focused on demands for social justice and cultural identity. In contrast to politics, literature and art can articulate what Wittgenstein once called ‘the environment in which an interchange takes place’: the ‘political’ located in particularity and difference, in everyday perception and behavior. Individual experiences and events find expression in images, in body language, which addresses something intangible that can be thought or felt without being fully available. The agenda proposed by literature and art does not get exhausted in critique or compensation of prevailing Realpolitik. Beyond privileged knowledge, it rather invokes proximity to everyday experiences of alienation and discrimination, which produce gestures of rebellion and resistance, as Georges Didi-Huberman has called up in art and photography. In the current literature on memory and experience, in the narratives of Édouard Louis, writing itself becomes a site of violence and reading turns to a disturbing encounter with the unbearable and the unsayable. Interactive artistic experiments in public space destabilize self-evident and self-assured habits and convictions. The anti-capitalist investigations and interventions in the art world itself (Maria Eichhorn’s Documenta projects) find special attention. Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory with its thesis that art is both autonomous and fait social gains a new purchase today, in Juliane Rebentisch’s discussion of the political in the practices of performances and exhibitions.

Program

Emine Sevgi Özdamar with Ulrike Vedder Die krank gewordenen Wörter Thursday, May 02, 2019, 07:15 pm, Hegelplatz 2, Hörsaal 1.101
Maria Eichhorn und Sabeth Buchmann with Elisabeth Wagner Gemeinschaftliche Kunst - Praktiken im öffentlichen Raum: Das ›Rose Valland Institut‹ und andere Projekte Thursday, May 09, 2019, 07:15 pm, Unter den Linden 6, Senatssaal
Juliane Rebentisch with Ethel Matala de Mazza Ausstellungen des Politischen in der Kunst Thursday, May 16, 2019, 07:15 pm, Unter den Linden 6, Senatssaal
Édouard Louis with Lothar Müller Confronting Literature. Schooling, Writing, Politics Thursday, June 27, 2019, 07:15 pm, Unter den Linden 6, Senatssaal