SCORES No 10 // PHILOSOPHY ON STAGE #4. NIETZSCHE ET CETERA.

The Sea, Lies Open

Walking Performance & Permanent Installation by Laura Cull [CV] and Tess Denman-Cleaver [CV]

in TQW / Studios, Halle G, Foyer &
Museumsquartier Area


Abstract

Laura Cull and Tess Denman-Cleaver will create a ‘salt cave’ as a performance installation and run a series of three walks around Vienna at dawn, noon and dusk. Together these works manifest a consideration of the relationships between walking and thinking, landscape and health, horizons and aphorisms in Nietzsche’s life, work and influence.
In English, the words ‘aphorism’ and ‘horizon’ are etymologically linked, with aphorism coming from the Greek, aphorizein “to mark off, divide,” from apo- “from” and horizein “to bound”. In content and form Nietzsche’s writing keeps coming back to the matter of horizons: testing the cultural and physiological limits of philosophy, and of the human through his own varied thinking practice. Their work is informed by a shared interest in the role of the sea as a bounding yet unbounded presence.

Can we walk at the periphery of the human and the nonhuman? Can we think at the threshold of the unknown? How does landscape think? And how can we think alongside landscape in our practices of walking, writing, attending?

The piece will have the following interrelated elements

Performance Installation
In a studio space Laura and Tess will create a ‘salt cave’ inspired by the historical, European therapeutic practices and informed by their consideration of the role of atmosphere and in particular the sea in Nietzsche’s biography and thinking. Audience members will be invited to use the salt cave as a space in which to consider the relationship between landscape, the body and thought. The salt cave will provide a choreographed breathing space, in which audiences will listen to a text written by Laura and Tess in collaboration with Nietzsche, Woolf, Kate Bush and other sympathetic voices.

Performance Walks
Audiences will also have the opportunity to accompany Laura and Tess on a series of three walks which aim at finding ways to walk in order to see, hear and think against habit. The walks will take audiences along the path of an underground river in Vienna and will be focussed on attending to peripheries, relations, depth and non-human scale. Nietzsche is well known for the value he placed in walking for inducing creative thought; but we also walk with Allan Kaprow, Nan Shepherd, Roger Deakin and Robert McFarlane to find ways to attend to place beyond the habitual.
Join Laura Cull and Tess Denman-Cleaver for a series of three programmed walks, manifesting a consideration of the relationships between walking and thinking, landscape and health, horizons and aphorisms in Nietzsche’s life, work and influence.
Nietzsche is well known for the value he placed on walking for inducing creative thought; but we will also walk with Allan Kaprow, Nan Shepherd, Roger Deakin and Robert McFarlane to attend to place beyond the habitual.
In particular Laura and Tess’ work, The Sea, Lies Open – which also includes an installation in Studio 3 of Tanzquartier Wien – considers the significance of the sea for Nietzsche and its continued effect on how we understand our cultural, physiological and philosophical horizons.

Can we walk at the periphery of the human and the nonhuman? Can we think at the threshold of the unknown? How does landscape think? And how can we think alongside landscape in our practices of walking, writing, attending?

Walks will take place at dusk, midday and dawn and you can book a place on one or more of the walks here:

Friday Dusk Walk [subscribe here]
Saturday Midday Walk [subscribe here]
Sunday Dawn Walk [subscribe here]

There are very limited spaces on each walk so book early.
Walks will last approximately an hour and be easy-going. Warm clothing and sensible footwear (given possibly icy conditions) is strongly advised.
Laura and Tess will also be presenting an installation related to the walks during the festival, between 11.30am on Saturday 28th and 01.00am on Sunday 29th in Studio 3 of Tanzquartier Wien.

IMPRESSUM

Led by Arno Böhler, the PEEK-Projekt „Artist Philosophers. Philosophy AS Arts-Based-Research“ [AR275-G21] is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) as part of the programme for artistic development and investigation (PEEK). Research location: University of Applied Arts Vienna. Brought about in national and international cooperation with: Jens Badura (HdK Zürich), Laura Cull (University of Surrey), Susanne Valerie Granzer (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien/Max Reinhardt Seminar), Walter Heun (Tanzquartier Wien), Alice Lagaay (Universität Bremen). Postdoc: Elisabeth Schäfer (University of Applied Arts Vienna). The lecture series was produced in collaboration with: Institut für Philosophie [Arno Böhler und Institut für Theater- Film- und Medienwissenschaft der Universität Wien [Krassimira Kruschkova], University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Press relations: Elisabeth Schäfer, elisabeth.schaefer@uni-ak.ac.at

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