Kunst und Philosophie

September 3 – October 30, 2011

Artists: João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Swantje Hielscher, Thomas Hirschhorn, Bethan Huws, Kitty Kraus, Marcellvs L., Christian Schwarzwald, Richard Wright, Haegue Yang

Philosophers: Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, Ray Brassier, Simon Critchley, François Jullien, Catherine Malabou, Boyan Manchev, Chantal Mouffe, Nina Power, Marcus Steinweg

Curator: Marcus Steinweg

Thomas Hirschhorn,
Eye to Eye Subjecter, 2010, exhibition view n.b.k.
Photo: n.b.k./Jens Ziehe

Apparently, there is a friendship between art and philosophy. As with every friendship, articulating a certain difference is part of it. Art and philosophy are not the same. But the difference already passes through the concept of art and philosophy itself. Perhaps art and philosophy are connected by the fact that art generates a singular concept of art, and philosophy its own conception of philosophy. The exhibition invites artists to define for themselves a relation to philosophy: from the perspective and with the means of artistic articulation.

The exhibition is accompanied by a book published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne.

Series of lectures and workshops
The series of lectures Kunst und Philosophie (art and philosophy) examines the philosophy of the 21st Century and explores the relationship between Art and Philosophy. The question posed by the guest speakers is of the simplest kind: What is philosophy? For a period of eight weeks, nine philosophical lectures will be held in the premises of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein as part of the exhibition, accompanied by workshops with students of the Berlin Weissensee School of Art, as part of an art education project.

Thursday, 8.9.2011, 7 pm*
Symbolic vs Biological Life: the End
Catherine Malabou (prof. for philosophy, Kingston University, London)

Thursday, 15.09.2011, 7 pm*
Preclusion, Void, and Evil
Mehdi Belhaj Kacem (free philosopher, actor, writer, Paris)

Thursday, 22.9.2011, 7 pm*
Philosophy's Emptiness
Nina Power (senior lecturer for philosophy, Roehampton University, London)

Thursday, 29.9.2011, 7 pm*
Tragedy's Philosophy: Philosophy’s Tragedy
Simon Critchley (prof. for philosophy, New School for Social Research, New York)

Thursday, 6.10.2011, 7 pm*
Philosophy and the Concept
Ray Brassier (prof. for philosophy, American University, Beirut)

Thursday, 13.10.2011, 7 pm*
What Is philosophy? Alteration, Complicity, Persistence
Boyan Manchev (prof. for philosophy, New Bulgarian University, Sofia)

Thursday, 20.10.2011, 7 pm*
On the Relation Between Philosophy and Politics
Chantal Mouffe (Prof. für Politische Theorie, University of Westminster, London)

Thursday, 27.10.2011, 7 pm**
"Qu'est-ce que la philosophie?" vu d'un dehors (la Chine) ou d'une sinophilosophie
François Jullien (prof. for sinology and philosophy, Université Paris Diderot, Paris)

Sunday, 30.10.2011, 7 pm***
Philosophie des Subjekts
Marcus Steinweg (free philosopher, Berlin)

* In English language
** In French language with German translation
*** In German language

Admission free. No booking taken, limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parallel to the exhibition at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein Marcus Steinweg is presenting diagramms from September 3 to October 15, 2011 at gallery BQ, Berlin.