Events

The Academy of Performing Arts, Prague

On the Ethos and Ethnography of Creative Indifference

How does Performance Philosophy Act? Ethos, Ethics, Ethnography

With Hartmut Geerken

Speaker

We will talk jazz, ethnography and ethics, whilst touching on one of the central concerns of Alice’s current research: Can there be an ethics of indifference?

Hartmut Geerken is a free-jazz musician, composer, writer, publisher, author of radio plays, film maker and joyful practitioner of creative indifference. He lived and worked in Athens, Cairo and Kabul before settling with his family on the shores of Ammersee in Southern Germany. Hartmut and his wife Sigi came across the writings of Salomo Friedlaender by chance in 1966, when they travelled to France to investigate the correspondence and other written work by Victor Hadwiger, a German-speaking poet from Prague. This chance discovery led to a series of further encounters and a curious passion, out of which a lifetime’s project was born, leading to the compilation and later publication – in their own ‘Waitawhile’ publishing house – of the collected writings of Salomo Friedlaender.

Alice Lagaay is a Berlin-based researcher in philosophy, a founding member of the Performance Philosophy network, and co-editor of the Performance Philosophy book series published with Palgrave Macmillan. Her work in recent years has focused on notions of ‘negative’ performance: silence, failure, letting-be, the neutral, (creative) indifference, and the impossible.

In 2013, while researching for an article she was writing on the potency of the concept of the ‘neutral’ (that which is neither ‘this’ nor ‘that’), Alice stumbled upon a footnote in a book by William Watkin. It was a reference to a writer she had not heard of before and something about the title of the book – Schöpferische Indifferenz, creative indifference – compelled her to look it up. This is how she first came across the philosophical writings of Salomo Friedlaender, who turned out not only to strike a chord with Alice’s interest in the figure of the neutral, but also to resonate with another of the main strands of her research: performance philosophy. Alice went on to publish an article on Friedlaender in the first edition of the online open-access performance philosophy journal. Hartmut Geerken was alerted to the article and contacted Alice soon after its publication. This is how their correspondence started; where it will lead, no one yet knows.

Their conversation will explore the main tenets of Salomo Friedlaender’s philosophy of 'creative indifference' (no prior knowledge required) and its possible relevance for Performance Philosophy. Through the prism of their mutual interest in Friedlaender, and the respective routes that led them there, Hartmut and Alice will address the guiding questions of the conference ranging from how Performance Philosophy acts (drawing on personal anecdotes relating to chance encounters, acquiescence, adventure and serendipity) to considering research as a way of life, and life as a way of research, and, finally, to what it might mean to be at once open to what comes and guided by an inner secret… They will talk jazz, ethnography and ethics, whilst touching on one of the central concerns of Alice’s current research: Can there be an ethics of indifference?

Hartmut Geerken is a free-jazz musician, composer, writer, publisher, author of radio plays, film maker and joyful practitioner of creative indifference. He lived and worked in Athens, Cairo and Kabul before settling with his family on the shores of Ammersee in Southern Germany. Hartmut and his wife Sigi came across the writings of Salomo Friedlaender by chance in 1966, when they travelled to France to investigate the correspondence and other written work by Victor Hadwiger, a German-speaking poet from Prague. This chance discovery led to a series of further encounters and a curious passion, out of which a lifetime’s project was born, leading to the compilation and later publication – in their own ‘Waitawhile’ publishing house – of the collected writings of Salomo Friedlaender.

Alice Lagaay is a Berlin-based researcher in philosophy, a founding member of the Performance Philosophy network, and co-editor of the Performance Philosophy book series published with Palgrave Macmillan. Her work in recent years has focused on notions of ‘negative’ performance: silence, failure, letting-be, the neutral, (creative) indifference, and the impossible.

In 2013, while researching for an article she was writing on the potency of the concept of the ‘neutral’ (that which is neither ‘this’ nor ‘that’), Alice stumbled upon a footnote in a book by William Watkin. It was a reference to a writer she had not heard of before and something about the title of the book – Schöpferische Indifferenz, creative indifference – compelled her to look it up. This is how she first came across the philosophical writings of Salomo Friedlaender, who turned out not only to strike a chord with Alice’s interest in the figure of the neutral, but also to resonate with another of the main strands of her research: performance philosophy. Alice went on to publish an article on Friedlaender in the first edition of the online open-access performance philosophy journal. Hartmut Geerken was alerted to the article and contacted Alice soon after its publication. This is how their correspondence started; where it will lead, no one yet knows.

Their conversation will explore the main tenets of Salomo Friedlaender’s philosophy of 'creative indifference' (no prior knowledge required) and its possible relevance for Performance Philosophy. Through the prism of their mutual interest in Friedlaender, and the respective routes that led them there, Hartmut and Alice will address the guiding questions of the conference ranging from how Performance Philosophy acts (drawing on personal anecdotes relating to chance encounters, acquiescence, adventure and serendipity) to considering research as a way of life, and life as a way of research, and, finally, to what it might mean to be at once open to what comes and guided by an inner secret… They will talk jazz, ethnography and ethics, whilst touching on one of the central concerns of Alice’s current research: Can there be an ethics of indifference?

Muffathalle, München15:45

Experimentelle Podiumsdiskussion

Körper Denken

KÖRPER_DENKEN! Philosophie-Performance-Symposium zu Körperpolitiken und Nonhuman Thinking

Kann man Gedanken tanzen? Was ist synkopische Freiheit? Gibt es Melodien des Meinens? Wie können wir gemeinsam laut denken? Lässt sich erfinderisch zuhören? Antiterritorial diskutieren?

Das Symposium KÖRPER_DENKEN! lädt alle Interessierten zur Begegnung von Philosophie und Performance ein: Neugierige, Zweifelnde, Rastlose, Akademiker/innen, Kunstinteressierte, politisch Denkende und all diejenigen, die keine Lust haben, sich kategorisieren zu lassen.

KÖPER_DENKEN! erprobt Philosophie an der Schnittstelle zu unkonventionellen Formaten und Performances. Es spürt der Frage nach, was es heißt, an den „Fransen des Bewusstseins“ (William James) zu denken, was es heißen könnte, „Tier zu werden“ (Deleuze/Guattari).

Identität ist immer mit Gewalt verknüpft. Wir beabsichtigen, ein Gegenmodell nichtidentischen Denkens und Fühlens (Adorno) anzustoßen – im zwanglosen Austausch von Kunstpraktiken und theoretischer Reflexion. KÖRPER_DENKEN! zeigt neue Formen von Subjektivierungen auf, die sich als Ent-Identifizierungen (Rancière) von neofeudalen und geopolitischen Selbstbehauptungen distanzieren. 

Tanzquartier Vienna

Philosophy on Stage

scores no 10 // philosophy on stage #4

Co-Convener

artist philosophers. philosophy as arts-based research

From 26th-29th November 2015 in Tanzquartier Wien/Halle and Tanzquartier Studios, the PEEK-Project* „Artist Philosophers. Philosophy AS Arts-Based-Research“ and Tanzquartier Wien are joining forces to investigate emerging interdisciplinary connections between philosophy and the arts.
Over the course of four days, more than 60 philosophers and artists will come together to explore whether the arts in connection with philosophy can constitute a laboratory for the future.
Nietzsche envisioned a fusion of the resistant forces of both disciplines as a “foreplay of a philosophy of the future” which was to bring about a new, active concept of thinking: an active thinking of the untimely, that is, “acting in a non-present fashion, therefore against time and even on time, in favour [...] of a time to come”. (Deleuze, Nietzsche and Philosophy) Well, bring it on!

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Freie Universität Berlin

Performance and Philosophy

Performance and Philosophy

Organizer

How does philosophy perform? How does performance philosophise?

International conference conceived and organised at Freie Universität Berlin in April 2010 (with Laura Cull).

performance_and_philosophy_flyer

P&P_Flyer_Innenseite

HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin

Ökonomien der Zurückhaltung

Ökonomien der Zurückhaltung

Organiser

Kulturelles Handeln zwischen Askese und Restriktion

Konferenz konzipiert, organisiert und durchgeführt (zusammen mit Barbara Gronau) im Hebbel Theater am Ufer im April 2009

HAU_Zurueckhaltung_Flyer

Literaturwerkstatt Berlin

Performanzen des Nichttuns

Performanzen des Nichttuns

Organiser & Speaker

Formen des Nichttuns, des Unterlassens, des Schweigens und der Askese

Konferenz konzipiert, organisiert und durchgeführt (zusammen mit Barbara Gronau) in der Literaturwerkstatt Prenzlauer Berg im Dezember 2008.

Plakat_Perf._d._Nichtuns

Centre Marc Bloch Berlin

Wie nicht sprechen? Strategien des Ent-sagens im Gegenwartsdenken

Wie nicht sprechen? Strategien des Ent-sagens im Gegenwartsdenken

Organiser & Speaker

Konferenz organisiert und durchgeführt zusammen mit Emmanual Alloa und Karsten Lotz am Centre Marc Bloch, April 2008 Berlin

http://www.cmb.hu-berlin.de/fr/events/archive/36