Confrontations with the Void

Alexi Kukuljevic
Art Sciences and Art Education, Art Theory
2022W, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04319

Description

“It is no longer possible to think in our day other than in the void left by man’s disappearance.”

- Michel Foucault

This seminar takes its point of departure from what Alain Badiou, at the end of The Century, terms the joint disappearance of man and God. In the place of God and man, we encounter instead a void. To confront the void entails coming to terms with this radical loss of foundation, the vacancy left by God’s absence (Nietzsche’s death of God) and “the void left by man’s disappearance.” This vacant place, the place of the void, has radical implications for the metaphysical foundations of literature, art, and cinema. This is admirably captured by a remark by the filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni upon visiting the studio of Mark Rothko. Rothko’s art, according to Antonioni, concerns the presentation of nothing “with precision.” The effort of the seminar will be to think the void and its varied avatars – absence, lack, emptiness, nothingness – with precision. Traversing the late work of Samuel Beckett, Foucault’s analysis of Valázquez’s Las Meninas, Badiou’s subtractive ontology, and Deleuze’s conceptualization of Antonioni’s neo-realist cinema, we will bring the void into focus, dwelling on the paradox of its slippage from absent presence to present absence.

Works

Michelangelo Antonioni, L’Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), and L’Eclisse (1962)

Alain Badiou, Handbook of Inaesthetics (1998)

             The Century (2005)

            “Samuel Beckett’s Method” (2021)

Samuel Beckett, Company / Ill Seen Ill Said / Worstward Ho / Stirrings Still

Gilles Deleuze, Cinema 2, The Time-Image (1985)

Michel Foucault, The Order of Things (1966)

Meetings

04.10.2022 - 16:30 bis 18:00 | Seminarraum 23 (VZA7)

18.10.2022 - 16:30 bis 18:00 | Seminarraum 23 (VZA7)

25.10.2022 - 16:30 bis 18:00 | Seminarraum 23 (VZA7)

08.11.2022 - 16:30 bis 18:00 | Seminarraum 24 (VZA7) - anderer Raum!

15.11.2022 - 16:30 bis 18:00 | Seminarraum 23 (VZA7)

22.11.2022 - 16:30 bis 18:00 | Seminarraum 23 (VZA7)

29.11.2022 - 16:30 bis 18:00 | Seminarraum 23 (VZA7)

06.12.2022 - 16:30 bis 18:00 | Seminarraum 23 (VZA7)

13.12.2022 - 16:30 bis 18:00 | Seminarraum 23 (VZA7)

20.12.2022 - 16:30 bis 18:00 | Seminarraum 23 (VZA7)

10.01.2023 - 16:30 bis 18:00 | Seminarraum 23 (VZA7)

17.01.2023 - 16:30 bis 18:00 | Seminarraum 23 (VZA7)

24.01.2023 - 16:30 bis 18:00 | Seminarraum 23 (VZA7)

Examination Modalities

Anwesenheit, Mitarbeit, ev. kurzer Text!

Dates

18 October 2022, 16:30–18:00 Seminar Room 23
25 October 2022, 16:30–18:00 Seminar Room 23
08 November 2022, 16:30–18:00 Seminar Room 24
15 November 2022, 16:30–18:00 Seminar Room 23
22 November 2022, 16:30–18:00 Seminar Room 23
29 November 2022, 16:30–18:00 Seminar Room 23
06 December 2022, 16:30–18:00 Seminar Room 23
13 December 2022, 16:30–18:00 Seminar Room 23
20 December 2022, 16:30–18:00 Seminar Room 23
10 January 2023, 16:30–18:00 Seminar Room 23
17 January 2023, 16:30–18:00 Seminar Room 23
24 January 2023, 16:30–18:00 Seminar Room 23

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

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