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EMMANUEL ALLOA
THE SKIN OF CRITIQUE

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Datum der Aufzeichnung: 20.01.2017

Ort: TQW / Studios

Im Rahmen von: Theory / Lecture series (Concept & curating: Krassimira Kruschkova)

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What does get under the critical skin of contemporary art? Can critique evade normativity, and do we have to weaken it immediately, as soon as it empowers itself? How to criticise critique – weaken in order to strengthen? And concretely: which critique today strengthens contemporary dance and performance, and first of all – which critique is strengthened by these?  

 

EMMANUEL ALLOA

“Transparentism” or the end of criticism: an appeal for theatricality

 

Transparentism is the name for a new imperative which has taken hold of bodies and minds all the more forcefully as it presents itself as a critical gesture. Transparency once stood for the clarification of obscure circumstances, the struggle against deceit and for tearing down masks. Today such emancipatory demand has itself become a generalised norm: anyone who has nothing to hide must unconditionally share themselves. The new age of confession lives on the illusion that it is ultimately possible fully to coincide with oneself. In view of this new urge to live a completely self-conformist existence, devoid of tensions and contradictions, it becomes necessary to defend inner plurality and theatricality.

 

 

Credits

 

Emmanuel Alloa is a philosopher and currently runs a research project on “Uneasiness in Transparency” at the University of St Gallen. In the 2016-17 winter term he is visiting professor at the University of Vienna Philosophy Institute. He was the co-initiator of the DFG network Cultures of Corporeality (2011-14) and co-director of the European network Dynamics of the Image (2013-15). In 2010 he was a Senior Fellow at the IKKM Weimar and in 2016 a Fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America (New York); he has also held various visiting professorships, i.a. in Morelia (Mexico), Lyon and Belo Horizonte (Brazil). His research focus includes: German and French phenomenology, French contemporary philosophy, image theory and aesthetics, media philosophy, and social philosophy. Publications (selection: Das durchscheinende Bild: Konturen einer medialen Phänomenologie (Berlin/Zürich: Diaphanes 2011); Symbol, Zeichen, Sprache, Bild: Eine Einführung in die Kulturmedienphilosophie (Studienbrief der FernUniversität Hagen, 2013); La résistance du sensible: Merleau-Ponty critique de la transparence (Paris: Kimé 2014; Spanish 2009, Chinese 2016, English 2017).

 

 

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