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180162 SE Readings in Performance Philosophy (2022S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

FR 25.03.2022 15.00-19.30 Hörsaal 2G, NIG
FR 06.05.2022 15.00-19.30 Hörsaal 2G, NIG
FR 13.05.2022 15.00-19.30 Hörsaal 2G, NIG
FR 03.06.2022 15.00-19.30 Hörsaal 2G, NIG
FR 10.06.2022 15.00-19.30 Hörsaal 2G, NIG

Equalizing act. What might it mean to equalize the relationship between performance and philosophy? To see philosophy as a kind of performance and performance as a kind of philosophy? A reminder here that the word ‘kind’, meaning class, sort, variety, comes from the Old English cynn, meaning family, and is related to the Proto-Indo-European root gene meaning to give birth, beget. So, thinking performance as a kind of philosophy and philosophy as a kind of performance means thinking how one gives birth to the other, how the two are related through familial ties, and how they might play together child-like, as it were (Kind child in German). That performance philosophy might also be invested in being kind, as in, considerate and hospitable, is another dimension of its ethico affective practice.(The Routledge Companion to Performance Philosophy, p. 3)

Friday 25.03. 15:00 - 19:30 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 06.05. 15:00 - 19:30 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 13.05. 15:00 - 19:30 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 03.06. 15:00 - 19:30 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 10.06. 15:00 - 19:30 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien

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Aims, contents and method of the course

Equalizing act. What might it mean to equalize the relationship between performance and philosophy? To see philosophy as a kind of performance and performance as a kind of philosophy? A reminder here that the word kind, meaning class, sort, variety, comes from the Old English cynn, meaning family, and is related to the Proto-Indo-European root gene meaning to give birth, beget. So, thinking performance as a kind of philosophy and philosophy as a kind of performance means thinking how one gives birth to the other, how the two are related through familial ties, and how they might play together child-like, as it were (Kind child in German). That performance philosophy might also be invested in being kind, as in, considerate and hospitable, is another dimension of its ethico-affective practice.(The Routledge Companion to Performance Philosophy, p. 3)

Assessment and permitted materials

This seminar will seek to engage with the emerging field of performance philosophy. We will map the contexts and consequences of a mode of thinking and doing that responds to the need to identify philosophy as a form of action in its own right, and certain artistic and/or design practices as, in a certain sense, legitimate modes of philosophy too.
Engaging with performance philosophy invariably involves reflecting on one’s routine assumptions about what it means to do what we do (be it philosophy, art, design or in fact any other form of practice) by what means, with recourse to what media, how, where, when, with, and for, whom? This critical reflection affects in turn one’s sensitivity to the relationship between form and content (an essential concern of any artistic or literary practice), as well as to the modes in which philosophical thought is generated and delivered, to the dramaturgical staging in which it is communicated, and to the interconnected aesthetical and ethico-political consequences of these complex relations. Reading or encountering performance philosophy involves exploring the boundaries of that practice itself in particular the relationship between text and body as well as the possibility, perhaps, of incorporating different modes of semiotic digestion, including, for instance, practices of listening, that open towards a novel understanding of the purpose and potential scope of philosophical thinking and doing.
The class will consider, discuss and seek to respond to a range of materials related to the upcoming Performance Philosophy biennale which is to be held at theUniversity of the Arts in Helsinki in June 2022. There is also the option of establishing a potentially fruitful correspondence with students of design who are currently engaging with Alice Lagaay on a similar topic but from a different point of view at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

In addition to regular attendance, the following elements will feed into the general assessment of a student’s participation in this course:
1) ‘Reading’ notes, including potential questions to be discussed, are to be submitted prior to at least 3 of the 5 seminar sessions. (20%)
2) Contribution to a unit by making a short presentation contextualizing one of the set ‘texts’ to be discussed (these may include performances, works or other phenomena). The presentation can be done individually or as part of a group work. (30%)
3) A written essay (at least 1000 words) or recorded performance (or other relevant format) is to be handed in (or presented) during the course. (50%)

Examination topics

Reading list

Lehrveranstaltung von Prof. Dr. Alice Lagaay, im Frühling/Sommer 2022 am Institut für Philosophie, Universität Wien

Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca/Alice Lagaay (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Performance Philosophy. London: Routledge 2020.

Rajni Shah: Experiments in Listening. London: 2021

Anna Street, Julien Alliot and Magnolia Pauker (eds.): Inter Views in Performance Philosophy. Crossings and Conversations. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 2017

https://performancephilosophy.org/journal (a selection of articles from the journal will be suggested according to students’ interest)


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