Samstag, 6 August 2016 | 10:00 | Lichtenbergschule (Mensa)

Excess. Forum for Philosophy and Art. Panel 2

Panel 2: The Political

Michael Rebhahn (Curator)

Douglas Barrett und Dror Feiler (Hosts)

Fahim Amir, Chaya Czernowin, Harry Lehmann (Guests)


The political dimension touched on in the first group of themes will be explicitly foregrounded in the second complex. It addresses the everpressing question of the relationship between art, reality and politics, which constantly arises in new ways for music too. Just as the “worldrelation” of music is being intensely debated at the moment, the concern is at once a far more fundamental analysis of the relationship between the aesthetic and all that characterizes and constitutes the polis, the political and lastly the “community”. What is the role of art in this, especially if the practice of art identifies itself first and foremost as critique, as an element of resistance or subversion against claims to political power? A substantial element of this fundamental problem also encompasses the interplay between music and the historical, as expressed in notions of “contemporaneity” and “witness”.