Donnerstag, 4 August 2016 | 16:00 | Lichtenbergschule (Mensa)

Excess. Forum for Philosophy and Art

4 to 7 August 2016

Jörn Peter Hiekel, Dieter Mersch, Michael Rebhahn and Fahim Amir (Curators)


This forum, consisting of an opening, a closing discussion and three panels, seeks to probe the current state of the relationship between music and philosophy, as well as the mutual consonances and dissonances. With a view to the present, it is of particular interest to ask what questions are stimulating New Music today, what challenges it faces, and what shared themes or “contemporaneities” unite and separate philosophy and New Music today. In this way – and very much following on from earlier discussions in Darmstadt – the forum will attempt to show how compositional strategies and concepts exemplify reflections on changes within the whole of contemporary culture.

The forum, which will take place in two languages (German and English, with simultaneous interpretation), defines itself as an open-ended discussion whose topics will be introduced in keynote speeches. In each case, one composer and one philosopher will act as hosts and play the part of structuring and further developing, with their guests, the discussion that already started before the course.


Thomas Schäfer: Opening


Jörn Peter Hiekel: Between Euphoria and Ignorance. New Music and Philosophy in Changing Constellations und Alliances


Dieter Mersch: New Music, Aesthetics and New Technologies