Aka­de­mie zur Ver­ar­bei­tung von Ent­täu­schun­gen der Ver­nunft (Aca­de­my for pro­ces­sing disap­point­ments of reason)

Lis­tening Sessions

Let’s face the big ques­ti­ons. Can we bear not to have an ans­wer, to search, to reflect, to allow the ambi­va­len­ces of the world, of being, of thin­king. Let’s remem­ber: “What was the world you thought you could have? What was it that we wan­ted to know? What was it that we were allo­wed to hope for?“
The “Aca­de­my for Pro­ces­sing Disap­point­ments of Rea­son” takes up the­se ques­ti­ons of the Ger­man post-war phi­lo­so­pher Hans Blu­men­berg. It goes on a jour­ney of thoughts, dares to think away from the opi­ni­on cul­tu­re of the lea­ding media, dis­cus­ses cur­rent topics, move­ments and deve­lo­p­ments from dif­fe­rent per­spec­ti­ves and puts them in front of the/our “abso­lu­tism of rea­li­ty”; the “dic­ta­tor­s­hip of simp­le truths”.

Is it pos­si­ble to ask ques­ti­ons about the lar­ger con­text of mea­ning in a world devoid of mea­ning, when in par­al­lel — to name a few — strug­gles are being waged for inter­pre­ti­ve sov­er­eig­n­ty, for empower­ment, against racism? How do uni­ver­sa­list ide­as rela­te to par­ti­cu­lar inte­rests and, for examp­le, an iden­ti­ty-poli­ti­cal essen­tia­lism? What hap­pens when the dis­sen­su­al poli­ti­cal of thought and action is sacri­fi­ced in favor of a con­sen­su­al ethic of silence? And vice ver­sa when the poli­ti­cal­ly thin­king silence is drow­ned out by a loud roar and chatter?

In the for­mat of lis­tening ses­si­ons, Nora Al-Badri, mul­ti­di­sci­pli­na­ry con­cep­tu­al and media artist, María do Mar Cas­tro Vare­la, post­co­lo­ni­al theo­rist and poli­ti­cal sci­en­tist, and Hayat Erdoğan, dra­ma­turg and Neu­markt co-direc­tor, phi­lo­so­phi­ze and dis­cuss the­se ques­ti­ons. In a radio set­ting they add live guests and also DJs.


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Nora Al-Badri, Maria do Mar Cas­tro Vare­la, Hayat Erdoğan and guests

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