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Events 05 | 2014

Fri−Sat, May 16−17, 2014
The Observation of God
Constructions and Consequences of Monotheism

with Dirk Baecker, Norbert Bolz, Bazon Brock, Johannes Hoff, Peter Sloterdijk, Rudolf Stichweh, Christina von Braun, Peter Weibel, Sigrid Weigel and others
ZKM_Media Theater, whole day, admission free

Information in Deutsch

Conventional knowledge today shifts cultural, political or psycho-political observations of religion into the focus of its interests. By contrast, and modelled on Niklan Luhmann’s "Basteleien am Gottesbegriff", the speakers dedicate their contributions to observations-theoretical dimensions relating to the problem of God.

In a panel discussion, participants enquire into the status of transcendence in the age of total immanence. They enquire into the status of "reality" following the revocation of the twin reality of religion, and define similarities and differences among the three great monotheisms. They pursue, furthermore, questions relating to the specific attributes of violence as these are variously expressed in the different religions − they scrutinize the abstract-media violence of secular Christian-Western society and the fundamentalist violence of pre-secular societies. They address question pertaining to the afterlife of religion in culture, and the search for an idea of eschatology in post-historical interpretation. The speakers will conclude by discussing a general, post-religious observation theory (Dirk Baecker), which may, perhaps, converge with an idea of theopoetics (Peter Sloterdijk).

In addition to the lectures and discussion groups, the theoretical film "L’Occhio di Dio" by Christian Matthiessen, as well as the theory installation "Jacques Derrida: Above All: No Journalists!" will be presented.

Friday, May 16, 2014
4 pm   Peter Sloterdijk: Götterdämmerung [Twilight of Gods]
5 pm   Peter Weibel: Technologische Transzendenz [Technological transcendence ]
6 pm   Johannes Hoff und Bazon Brock: Theotechnologie und Unbeobachtbarkeits-Beobachtungen [Theo-technology and unobservable observations ]
7 pm   Discussion
8 pm   Film Screening „L'Occhio di Dio“ A theoretical film by Christian Matthiessen

Saturday, May 17, 2014
10 am   Sigrid Weigel: The tragedy of the gods. Wagner's music dramas, read with Benjamin's theory of music

11 am   Christina von Braun: Die Aufklärung als Eingang des Menschen in ein selbstverschuldetes Christentum [ The Enlightenment as the input of the people in a self-inflicted Christianity ]
12 pm   Rudolf Stichweh: Religion als globale Kategorie [Religion as a global category]
3 pm   Norbert Bolz: Das Systemwidrige geschieht [The contrary to the system happens]
4 pm   Theorie-Installation der Jackson Pollock Bar Jacques Derrida: Above All: No Journalists!
5 pm   Johannes Hoff: Orthodoxie nach dem Ende totaler Immanenzsimulation [Orthodoxy after the end total immanence simulation ]
6 pm   Panel Discussion Transzendenz im Zeitalter totaler Immanenz [transcendence in the age of total immanence]
with Dirk Baecker, Sigrid Weigel, Christina von Braun, Rudolf Stichweh, Johannes Hoff, Norbert Bolz

In Cooperation with Institut für soziale Gegenwartsfragen Freiburg and SWR2 Kultur

3 pm Norbert Bolz: The system Adverse happens 4 pm Jacques Derrida: Above All: No Journalists! Theory installation the Jackson Pollock Bar 5 pm John Hoff: Orthodoxy after the end total Immanenzsimulation 7 pm Panel Discussion transcendence in the age of total immanence (with

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theory installation "Picasso-Braque" by Jackson Pollock Bar in Chicago, © Jackson Pollock Bar, Freiburg


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