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Acting - außer sich sein & Süßer Stillstand

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Datum der Aufzeichnung: 13.12.2013

Ort: TQW / Studios

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



In the actor, the creative event of acting can re-open a wound in the actor that has incarnated itself in people virulently. It is an area of human existence in which we plunge into the instability of the in between: in the inability to decide between power and powerlessness, between doing and doing nothing, between acting and not acting. The paradoxically simultaneous relation of agens and patiens provokes the loss of certainty of being the autonomous subject of one’s own actions. In the pathos of this experience, the actor undergoes  a kind of “anthropological mutation” (Giorgo Agamben) that opens a passage between life and death, in which we can do no more than commit ourselves to it.

Süßer Stillstand

The yoga s?tras of Patañjali (ca. 350-450 CE) define yoga right away in the second s?tra as a praxis that brings our active self to stillness (yoga?-citta-v?tti-nirodha?). The aim here is not the increase in our business but its reduction. According to the old yogic experiences, behind the active subject, however, is nevertheless not nothing, but a honeycomb of idle musing that is only waiting to be discovered and licked by us.




Susanne Valerie Granzer is an actor and professor at the Max Reinhardt Seminar. In parallel she studied philosophy in Frankfurt a.M. and Vienna.

Arno Böhler is a lecturer at the Institute for Philosophy of the University of Vienna. Together they founded the Vienna cultural workshop GRENZ_film (1997), in which numerous lecture performances and the festival format “Philosophy On Stage” have developed.



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