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Filtering by Tag: essay

Death of the Future


Has the possibility of a future died? Matt Ossias examines time, history, change and stillness through the prism of Giorgio Agamben, Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno, with reference to both literature and film, asking can we conceive of a still life that is in some sense still life?

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The Stranger, the Saint, and Grief’s Goodness


Can grief only be emotionally distressing or can it be redemptive and worthwhile or even vital? Philosopher Michael Cholbi examines the protagonist of Albert Camus’ existentialist novel The Stranger and brings him in dialogue with St. Augustine’s The Confessions, in order to examine the potential of ethical self-knowledge as a consequence of grief.

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Giorgio Agamben and the Voice of Death


Does an essential yet still unthought relation between death and language exist? Martijn Buijs turns to the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben to reconstruct his analysis of the voice in relation to death and with reference to both Aristotle and Martin Heidegger, examining along the way being, language and the ethical consequences arising from it.

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Performing Death: Derek Jarman’s Medial Blues


Can film transcend its material embodiment beyond celluloid print? John Winn examines Derek Jarman’s audio-visual work Blue (1993), reading it as a transmedial performance rather than a film, while foregrounding corporealities, textures, sounds and voices, thereby opening up the ways in which Blue brings to light questions concerning death.

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Saturated with Stuff


Are our lives saturated with stuff? Philosopher Emrys Westacott questions our seemingly inexhaustible need to acquire more and more stuff, tracing this behaviour back to the dawn of humanity and showing its exploitation by modern capitalism, asking what the relationship between our stuff and our sense of identity is.

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Defusing Before Night Falls


Can a civilian ever understand the experience of a soldier? Artist Peter Voss-Knude talks to war psychologist Anne Lillelund about the challenges facing soldiers returning from war, the effects of trauma and the importance of the body, whilst reflecting on his own music and practice.

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The Witness of The Ineffable


What is the relationship between death, silence and the witness? Philosopher David Appelbaum explores the ethical force of silence and our relationship to mortality, tracing the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac in the thought of Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas and Maurice Blanchot.

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The Critical Agency of the ‘Avatar-I’: Accessing the Silence of the Inaudible


Can we access the plurality of our contemporary world through silence? And to what do the limits of our sonic imagination attest to? Artist and writer Salomé Voegelin re-listens to the body in silence, so as to grant a new agency, whereby she re-positions the relationship between the self and others at the edge of the aesthetic and political.

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Minimalism’s Radical Quiet: Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman


Have we sacrificed noise for silence? Emilija Talijan turns to Chantal Akerman’s famous work Jeanne Dielman, in order to re-consider Akerman’s formal minimalism not in terms of silence as a 'violence to being', but in terms of noise and rhythm as a compensation for the failure of language, asking what feminist statement can be realised through these modes of presence?

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The Silent God of Ingmar Bergman and Andrei Tarkovsky


Is silence torture or transcendence? Film scholar Phoebe Pua examines the presence of metaphysical silence in the cinemas of the two great auteurs Ingmar Bergman and Andrei Tarkovsky. Foregrounding essential similarities and differences, Phoebe explores the complex duality of silence and asks whether silence is intrinsically empty or expressive.

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A Geographical Sketch of Silence


Are there vital limits to what we can capture in language? Philosopher Martin Shuster presents a short geographical sketch of the unsayable, drawing on the work of Stanley Cavell, Walter Benjamin and others to explore the connection between silence, humanity and our history.

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