Documentation Philosophy On Stage #4

Graham Parkes / Helen Parkes: Being Here – There’s no App for That!

Performance by Graham Parkes [CV] and Helen Parkes [CV]


A consideration of Nietzsche’s ideas about the importance of place and the nature of our being here allows us to question the value of our communications technologies, and to ask whether the advantages they bring may in some cases be outweighed by the losses they inflict on our ability to be here.
This project examines these ideas in the context of Vienna, a city that for many years Nietzsche wanted to visit. He even intended at one point to study mathematics at the University, but never quite made the move. He would have discovered—and we today can discover—many places that enhance a sense of being here.

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A distinctive feature of the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche is his emphasis on the human body, and a corresponding concern with its relations to the various places it inhabits. Whether the place he was in was urban or rural, Nietzsche insisted >>>

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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 (Zeppelin Universität Friedrichshafen). Postdoc: Elisabeth Schäfer (University of Applied Arts Vienna). The lecture series was produced in collaboration with: Institut für Philosophie Universität Wien, University of Applied Arts Vienna [Arno Böhler] and Institut für Theater- Film- und Medienwissenschaft der Universität Wien [Krassimira Kruschkova].


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