Like Hell IT IS

Alexi Kukuljevic
Art Sciences and Art Education, Art Theory
2019W, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S02959

Description

The end of one of Samuel Beckett’s earliest published stories, “Dante and the Lobster,” provides us with a fine example of the object of our collective concern this semester. The story concludes with a discussion of the age-old practice of boiling lobsters alive. Appalled by the practice, the character Belacqua attempts to reassure himself with the consoling thought that at least “it’s a quick death, God help us all.”  Beckett, however, annihilates all such assurance with the stark utterance: “It is not.” We laugh, but this not a laughter that relieves. Rather, it serves to shatter consolation. It serves to return us to the fundamental horror of the lobster’s end, and, more generally, to the pain of existence, which has always been the prerogative of tragic wisdom. It is a laughter that places us at the intersection between horror and comedy, the interstitial domain of the tragicomic. To put it in the form of a query: why is “there always something comical,” as Jacques Lacan suggests, “about the duck with its head cut off taking a few more steps around the farmyard”?

 

This seminar will thus address the intimate relationship between the comic and the tragic, horror and laughter, and consider why the sensibility that André Breton termed “black humour” is more apt to grapple with the ends of modernity, which is to say, ends that do not end well.  The aim will be to read closely a diverse range of theoretical and artistic materials, ranging from Shakespeare to Genet, the Marx Brothers to Marguerite Duras, Deleuze to Lacan, Hitchcock to Richard Pryor, focussing on the laughter engendered by the lack of meaning.

Examination Modalities

Anwesenheit, Mitarbeit, ev. kurzer Text!

Dates

09 October 2019, 12:45–14:15 Seminar Room 23
16 October 2019, 12:45–14:15 Seminar Room 23
23 October 2019, 12:45–14:15 Seminar Room 23
30 October 2019, 12:45–14:15 Seminar Room 23
06 November 2019, 12:45–14:15 Seminar Room 23
13 November 2019, 12:45–14:15 Seminar Room 23
20 November 2019, 12:45–14:15 Seminar Room 23
27 November 2019, 12:45–14:15 Seminar Room 23
04 December 2019, 12:45–14:15 Seminar Room 23
11 December 2019, 12:45–14:15 Seminar Room 23
08 January 2020, 12:45–14:15 Seminar Room 23
15 January 2020, 12:45–14:15 Seminar Room 23
22 January 2020, 12:45–14:15 Seminar Room 23
29 January 2020, 12:45–14:15 Seminar Room 23

Course Enrolment

Until 09 October 2019, 11:45
via email: alexi.kukuljevic@uni-ak.ac.at

co-registration: possible

Art Education: subject kkp (Bachelor): FOR: aus Kunsttheorie

Art Education: subject kkp (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject kkp (Master): Lehrveranstaltung nach Wahl aus wissenschaftlicher Praxis, SE

Art Education: subject kkp (Enhancements study): FOR: Seminar aus dem Bereich Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften

Art Education: subject kkp (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject tex (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject tex (Master): Lehrveranstaltung nach Wahl aus wissenschaftlicher Praxis, SE

Art Education: subject tex (Enhancements study): FOR: Seminar aus dem Bereich Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften

Art Education: subject tex (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject dae (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject dae (Master): Lehrveranstaltung nach Wahl aus wissenschaftlicher Praxis, SE

Art Education: subject dae (Enhancements study): FOR: Seminar aus dem Bereich Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften

Art Education: subject dae (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject dex (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject dex (Master): Lehrveranstaltung nach Wahl aus wissenschaftlicher Praxis, SE

Art Education: subject dex (Enhancements study): FOR: Seminar aus dem Bereich Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften

Art Education: subject dex (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

TransArts - Transdisciplinary Arts (Bachelor): Theoretical foundations

Stage Design (1. Section): Kunsttheorie

Stage Design (2. Section): Kunsttheorie

Media Arts: Specialisation in Transmedia Arts (1. Section): Kulturwissenschaften

Media Arts: Specialisation in Transmedia Arts (2. Section): Kunsttheorie

Media Arts: Specialisation in Digital Arts (1. Section): Kulturwissenschaften

Media Arts: Specialisation in Digital Arts (2. Section): Kunsttheorie

Design: Specialisation in Graphics and Advertising (2. Section): Humanities

Design: Specialisation in Fashion Design (1. Section): Free Elective Pool Methodological and Theoretical Basics

Fine Arts: Specialisation in Photography (2. Section): Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte (2.0 ECTS)

Conservation and Restoration (2. Section): Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte

subject Fine Arts / Art and Communication Practices (1. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (2.5 ECTS)

subject Fine Arts / Art and Communication Practices (2. Section): Aus Kunst und Kulturwissenschaften, (davon min. 4 SSt SE) (2.5 ECTS)

subject Handicrafts / Design, Architecture and Environment (1. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (2.0 ECTS)

subject Handicrafts / Design, Architecture and Environment (2. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften, (min. 4 SSt SE) (2.5 ECTS)

subject Textile Design / Textiles - Art, Design, Styles (1. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (2.0 ECTS)

subject Textile Design / Textiles - Art, Design, Styles (2. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (mind. 4 SSt SE) (2.5 ECTS)

Fine Arts (2. Section): Art Theory, Cultural Studies, Art History, Philosophy

Fine Arts (2. Section): Free Electives out of Scientific and Research Practice

Design: Specialisation in Applied Photography and Time-based Media (2. Section): Humanities

Fine Arts: Specialisation in Painting (2. Section): Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte (2.0 ECTS)

Fine Arts: Specialisation in Painting (2. Section): Geisteswissenschaftliche LV nach Wahl (2.0 ECTS)

Fine Arts: Specialisation in Graphics (2. Section): Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte (2.0 ECTS)

Individual courses: possible