Performative Talks

Selection of Performative Talks


Democratic entities work differently depending on whether they consist of hundreds, thousands or millions of people. We perceive them differently, we move differently on the streets. This work deals with the question, which fantasies and thought patterns we employ to personally conceptualise our democracies. Because the huge democracies are difficult to think. There are central three aspects that people can hardly grasp: Big numbers and interactions between them.
/ Things that change in several ways at the same time. / Risks.

I imagine 15 potential perspectives through 15 stories and 15 drawings. These stories and drawings look at how the individual is associated with their representatives, how they perform being part of the democracy, or how we caress each other so that the community can work. I am particularly interested in the ideas with which we seek to understand the indirectness of big democracies.


Works, Works Works (Performative Talk and Workshop, 2019)
What are artists’ phantasms of perfect works? What are we desperate for? What do we dream of, when we think of making a huge work (a dream almost every artist entertains)? How we imagine tiny works? What precise concepts – known and preconscious – do we entertain when we speak of poetic, daring, or consequent works? What ideals do we have in mind? What are the impulses, the perceptions, the hunches that get us going? What ideas about working processes and states of being passive and active are connected to these ideas on works.
A performance as a list and a workshop in order understand your own ideas about working and work.

WH2A5292To fondle the monkeys: How we deal with the huge size of our democracies, performative talk consisting in the descriptions of experiences and phantasms, 2019.

The others as background, performative reading, 2016

Philosophers in My Head, Philosophers in My Bed, performative talk with animated films on the experience of reading theory, 2016

Online/ Talk/ Answer, [Online / Vortrag / Antwort], performative talk ,2014

The Promise of Philosophy 1:  Hunch and Flurry, [Das Versprechen der Philosophie I: Ahnung und Unruhe], performative talk, 2012

The Promise of Philosophy 2:  Constraint and Enchantment, [Das Versprechen der Philosophie II: Zwang und Entzücken], performative talk, 2012

Kissing Freud [Freud küssen], performative talk on Freud’s idea of the invented symptom, 2007

Incorporater, Self-doubler, Me-excuder, Megalomanier: Mechanisms of Self-increase [Ichverströmer, Einverleiber, Selbstverdoppler, Größenwahner: Mechanismen der Selbstvergrößerung], performance with slide show, 2002

Electricity for Your Production [Strom für die Produktion], Performance, 2002

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