Sonntag, 7 August 2016 | 10:00 | Lichtenbergschule (Mensa)

Excess. Forum for Philosophy and Art. Panel 3

10:00 - 13:30: Panel 3: Music as Philosophy
Jörn Peter Hiekel (Curator)
Simone Mahrenholz und Manos Tsangaris (Hosts)
Brian Ferneyhough, Patrick Frank, Gunnar Hindrichs (Guests)


Music, like art in general, constitutes its own form of thought and insight that is every bit as advanced as philosophy, but uses other means and follows different “logics.” It is not only a matter of initiating a dialogue between music and philosophy in order to evoke mutual tensions or proximities, but rather of showing how music, or the musical and “compositional”, can be viewed as “a form of philosophy” – and of attributing to it an “epistemic” power of its own. On the one hand, this raises such time-honored questions as that of “truth” in art, which after Hegel was taken up most significantly by Heidegger and Adorno; and on the other hand, it needs to be readjusted to the present conditions. One must therefore interrogate the “self-will” of aesthetic thought and ask what music – especially New Music, as the most “abstract” and at once the most emotional art – “knows”, or how it organizes and reveals its knowledge.


14:00 – 15:00 Closing discussion
Moderated by Jörn Peter Hiekel, Dieter Mersch and Michael Rebhahn, with participants of panel 1, 2 and 3.
The responses to the questions posed in Panel 3 intentionally lead back to the first two topic areas of the forum. For, depending on how one views the autonomous character of the aesthetic, its respectively specific mode of "knowledge" or thought, other answers also arise to the quesions of surplus or what cannot be reached by conceptual and discursive means, as well as the political, power, and the role of art and music in the social domain. The general quesion of music as thought, as a philosophy, thus unites - in a closing discussion opened by the three curators - the three topic areas and rounds off the "Forum for Philosophy and Art."