Aesthetics, Dramaturgy, Political Philosophy
In the sixties and seventies writer and director Pier Paolo Pasolini planned to express in a film what intellectuals like Badiou and Agamben develop today in their philosophical works: showing ‘in the most direct and violent way the impression of [...] actuality’ of St. Paul of Tarsus. The movie was never made but Pasolini’s screenplay, which was published posthumously, shows his intention to tell the story of Paul of Tarsus in a faithful way. However, Pasolini chose to ‘replace the ancient sites of power, of civil and religious culture with Paris, London, Rome, New York’: because ‘the poetic idea’ of the film laid ‘in the transposition of St. Paul’s story into the actuality’.
Inspired by Pasolini’s ideas and works, a large community-theatre project is currently prepared in Berlin (Concept & project manager: Michael Kreuzer). Some of its districts will be identified in order to correspond to different stages of the journey of St. Paul. It is the final goal of this community-theatre project to stage the results of different urban interventions and other initiatives inspired by Pasolini’s never realized screenplay. In particular, during my research I intend to collect and develop different documentations, ideas, concepts and suggestions which will contribute to the dramaturgical reworking of the community theatre project. I will focus on identifying the various tensions that can arise from (potential) conflicts and / or contradictions – such as ‘actuality and holiness’(as Pasolini said), institution and revolution, tradition and innovation.
Starting point of this project about Pier Paolo Pasolini is a thesis: the striking contradictions in his work must be interpreted as a distinguishing mark, and not as a flaw. Pasolini is mostly known as a film director but he was also a poet, novelist, essayist. In his films and writings, he fought against every form of absolutism. That can even be recognized in his style of argumentation, where every thesis evokes simultaneously an antithesis, without building a comforting, absolutistic and "totalitarian" synthesis. While most of Pasolini’s critics defined his work as irrational and incoherent, I intend to show how his ideas are organic and represent a kind of «multistable unity» - but without being a so called "synthesis of opposites". Therefore the goal of my project is a philosophical formulation of Pasolini's thinking, in form of an extended essay.
Für eine mannigfaltige mögliche Welt. Kunst und Politik bei Ernst Bloch und Gianni Vattimo, Frankfurt a.M., 2010.
Giese, N.; Koch, G.; Mazzini, S. (eds.): SozialRaumInszenierung. Strasburg (Uckermark), forthcoming 2013.
‘Pasolini and India. De-and reconstructing a Myth’,
in: The Scandal of Self-Contradiction: Pasolini's Multistable Subjectivities,
Traditions, Geographies, Di Blasi, Gragnolati, and Holzhey (eds), Berlin and
Vienna, p. 135-150.
‘As IF it would be a (real) community. Ein glokales Theaterexperiment’, in: SozialRaum-Inszenierung, in Ibidem.
castello (dis)incantato. Ovvero la peste del precariato’, in: Capodivacca, S.
(ed.): In equilibrio precario. Esercizi acrobatici di filosofi pre-occupati,
Milan, forthcoming 2013.
‘O teatro como nova Odisseia Espacial (Social)’ in: Schütz, R. – Zimmermann, R.E. (ed.): Crítica e utopia. Perspectivas brasileiras e alemãs, Porto Alegre 2012, p. 192-214.
‘Verità come potere. Gianni Vattimo e il compito (politico) del pensiero’ in: Bremer, T. – Titus, H. (Hg.): «Zibaldone. Zeitschrift für italienische Kultur der Gegenwart», 51/2011, p. 111-12.
‘Bloch und Pasolini. Das neue Opium des Volkes’ in Zeilinger, D. (ed.): VorSchein. 31/2010, p. 141-150.
‘Theater der Utopie – Utopie des Theaters’ in: Vidal, F. (ed.): Experiment Welt, Mössingen-Talheimer 2010, p. 110-115.
‘Dichterisch wohnt der Mensch auf dieser Erde…’ in: Zimmermann, R.E. (ed.): Aktuelle Bloch-Studien 2008/2009, Aachen 2009, p. 127-137.
‘Für eine konkrete Theaterutopie. Das Manifest für ein ‚zukunftistisches‘ Theater als gesellschaftliches Laboratorium der Möglichkeiten’, in Ibid., p. 166-181.
‘Looking for a house for a community. The Manifesto for a Futurable Theatre’ in: Koch, G.; Poppe, A. (eds.): KORRESPONDENZEN. Zeitschrift für Theaterpädagogik. 55/2009, p. 52-54.
‘Die wiedergefundene Dialektik. Ernst Bloch und Gianni Vattimo’ in: Zeilinger, D. (ed.): VorSchein 30/2008; p.88-96.
‘Objektive Phantasie’ in Dietschy, B.; Zeilinger, D.; Zimmermann, R.E. (eds.): Ernst-Bloch-Wörterbuch. Berlin, De Gruyter Verlag, 2012, p. 416-434.
‘Kältestrom, Wärmestrom’ In Ibid., p. 224-231.
‘Non ricostruzione, ma nuova costruzione – Hannover dopo la Seconda Guerra Mondiale’, by Sid Auffarth, in: Gian Paolo Treccani (ed.): Storia Urbana, n. 129, a. XXXIII, 2010, 4, p. 121-154, translated from the German original.
‘L’utilizzo delle chiese: ideologia e conservazione dei beni culturali nel rapporto della RDT con le chiese distrutte dalla guerra’, by Henriette von Preuschen, in: Ibid., p. 155-170, translated
from the German original.
At the Institute for Cultural Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Lecturer)
2012/13: Theatrum Mundi
2012: ‘Beyond Comedy’
2011/12: ‘Beyond Tragedy’
2011: ‘Oedipus-congress: Transformations of a Myths’
2010/11: ‘From Schopenhauer to incenses. Cultural bridges between India and Europe’ (with Dr. Janis Augsburger)
2010: ‘Rhetorics as praxis.’ (s.a.)
2009: ‘Pasolini’s works in political context’ (s.a.)
At the Institute for Political Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin, at the University of Applied Sciences Munich, at Diemedienakadiemie Berlin (Lecturer)
Since 2011: ‘Rhetorics as praxis. Political and aesthetic aspects of performative speeches’
At the Dresden International University (Culture + Management) (Lecturer)
Since 2011: ‘Aesthetics’
At the University of Applied Sciences in Munich (Visiting Professor)
2010/11: ‘Social Space’ (Institute for Sociology)
2010/11: ‘Ethics’ (Studium Generale)