Thursday, June 11, 2015, 7 pm
Europa von innen
Jimmie Durham und die Imaginationen der Alten Welt


Lecture by Stefan Ripplinger (journalist and author, Berlin)

Based on Jimmie Durham’s critical examination of the Western way of thinking, Stefan Ripplinger (b. 1962, living in Berlin) in his lecture investigates concepts of critique in European art and literature during past epochs and in the present. Taking Montesquieu’s Persian Letters as a starting point, Ripplinger addresses, instead of a critique of Europe from outside, the ideologies and imaginations of various European art movements, such as the cubists and expressionists. Closely related to Jimmie Durham’s artistic and literary work, Ripplinger in his lecture deconstructs a variety of known myths about Europe.

Stefan Ripplinger studied linguistics and comparative literature and works as a freelance author and journalist. He is a co-founder of the journal
Jungle World and has written numerous publications, essays and radio features on art, film and literature. Recent publications include: Mary Pickfords Locken. Eine Etüde über Bindung (Mary Pickford’s Curls. A Study of Attachment) (Berlin 2014); Schiefe Bahn. Künstler, die schreiben. / Going Astray. Artists who write. (Berlin 2013); Bildzweifel (Pictorial Doubts) (Hamburg 2011); Film maudit. Eine kurze Begriffsgeschichte (Film Maudit. A Short History of Concepts) (Köln 2009); I can See now. Blindheit im Kino (Blindness in Cinema) (Berlin 2008); Auch. Aufsätze zur Literatur (Also. Essays on Literature) (Berlin 2006).