Documentation Philosophy On Stage #4

Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca / Tess Denman-Cleaver: The Sea, Lies Open

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


For Philosophy on Stage #4, The Sea, Lies Open took the form of a performative installation and a series of three programmed walks – at dusk, midday and dawn – manifesting a consideration of the relationships between walking and thinking, landscape and health, horizons and aphorisms in Nietzsche’s life, work and influence. Festival participants were invited to accompany Laura and Tess in order to attend to peripheries, relations, depth and non-human scale whilst walking together through Vienna city centre. Nietzsche is well known for the value he placed on walking for inducing creative thought; but we also walked with Allan Kaprow, Nan Shepherd, Roger Deakin and Robert McFarlane to attend to place beyond the habitual.

In particular, The Sea, Lies Open – which also included an installation in Studio 3 of Tanzquartier – considered the significance of the sea for Nietzsche and its continued effect on how we understand our cultural, physiological and philosophical horizons.

Walking Performance Text Online

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? >>>

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Installation Text Online

Dear T.
As a consequence of my condition, I am only able to walk for short distances and slowly, taking regular breaks and avoiding sharp inclines. Whilst I might hitherto have been inclined to see this as a limit, I now remind myself that such physical states in fact signal new styles of thought. >>>

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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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