Keynote Lectures and Closing Roundtable

Dr Pascal Gielen (University of Groningen) – Playing in the Camp

According to the Italian philosopher Georgio Agamben the matrix of contemporary society is not the city, not the polis but the camp. In the camp there’s no private life anymore, no citezenship anymore, only ‘naked life’. In my lecture I’ll explore the significance of this blunt statement for the arts and for sociology. Is the camp a useful metaphore to describe the contemporary global condition of life and the state, and how can artists react on this situation?

Prof Dr Bojana Kunst (Justus Liebig University Giessen) – Performance and Philosophy: On Commitment

In my lecture I would like to talk about the closeness that characterises those who are committed to act; and secondly, about the specific temporality of this closeness, which is related to resistance to actualisation. I would like to relate that to the relationship between performance and philosophy, which actually resides in their mutual practice. They are both active practices, shaping, changing, moulding, stretching, slowing down, accelerating, breaking up or shortening the event. They are forces that connect  materialities, objects, bodies and languages. Their semblance resides in the common modulation of becoming and extensions of reality, in the speculation with temporal and spatial consequences. They resemble one another in the possibility that something could become; they ‘become friends’ through inflicting change.

Roundtable Discussion with members of staff from the participating institutions

Following a closing statement by Liesbeth Korthals Altes, Director of The Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG), the final session of the conference will take the form of a roundtable discussion on questions about the field of performance philosophy, the voice of the young researcher within the institution of the university, and issues that will have arisen from student presentations.