Lectures: Nothing is hard work & Cosmopolitanism

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Datum der Aufzeichnung: 16.05.2014

Ort: TQW / Studios

Im Rahmen von: IDLENESS. A lazy concept of a lecture series (Concept & Curating: Krassimira Kruschkova)


Nothing is hard work

Homework is work, gardening work is also work. To relax is to do nothing. What do I do when I do nothing? What is nothing? Zen Buddhism scares me. I want nothing to do with it. Doesn’t have anything to do with it anyway. And I certainly don’t want to make too much of it because in the end nothing is for nothing, apart from death, which only costs life. She who knows it all knows nothing at all and what I know is that I know nothing about nothing. This nothing, which not even my big strong hands can hold back. It’s hard work to do nothing. Pretending to do nothing is even harder work and in the end not worth talking about. That doesn’t work as an ending. But in the end nothing does.


Colloquially, cosmopolitanism is a term for the readiness to be open to what is there. But being open to the world, opening up to it, letting it in – what does that actually mean? Does it mean an activity, is it a disposition, a passive attitude in the sense of acceptance? This question will be dealt with on the basis of the thesis that cosmopolitanism is to be understood as attention to the present and in in a strange way is simultaneously activity and inactivity. This "at the same time" demands a specific capacity for acceptance on the part of cosmopolitan people that can be conceived of as a substantially aesthetic form of thinking and which is to be explored in greater detail in the course of this lecture.



Anna Mendelssohn is an actress and performer. Since 2004 she is an ensemble member of the group toxic dreams and in addition has worked with numerous other choreographers and directors. Since 2010 she creates her own internationally touring works (including amongst others Cry Me A River, WHAT? and Here and Now).

Jens Badura is a philosopher, a lecturer on aesthetics and cultural theory as well as head of the research subject "performative practice" at the Zurich University of Art (ZHdK). The focus of his work is on the field of the theory of aesthetic practice and artistic research.


VIDEODOCUMENTATION: Reinhard Sockel / Anselm Tröster

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