ON THE BLIND SPOT
One Philosopher | One Text | One Stage + Three Manoeuvres
The performance series ON THE BLIND SPOT started in May 2013 with a text by French philosopher Alain Brossat. A philosopher writes a text for the stage. In three exercises, spread out over a long period of time, the ensemble approaches the text, orbits around it and creates three productions. This approach is rooted in the desire to keep the process open, in acquiring the text anew and converging it time and again. The performance is not the final result. When we re-think and re-rehearse the text over the term of a year, we assert the text’s practical value for our experiences and insights. Beyond academic confinement and compulsive utilisation, we are trying to use the performative space to make philosophical concepts/drafts productive for public thinking. In this context we understand our productions/performances as open, inconclusive exercises (Manoeuvres)
As of yet, ON THE BLIND SPOT authors have been Alain Brossat (PLEBS INVICTA), Maurizio Lazzarato (The Making of the Indebted Man), and Giovanni Leghissa (Verfirmung der Gesellschaft/Incorporating Society). The series will continue in 2016 with its fourth edition called Pandora's Daughters in collaboration with philosopher Boyan Manchev [archive series 1-3 See below]
A Vierte Welt Kollaborationen production
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds (2016) | Funded by Regierenden Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten and Konzeptionsförderung des Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. aus Mitteln des Bundes (2013 - 2015)
Archiv Im toten Winkel sorry archive is all in german
Im Archiv finden sie neben Texten und Fotos zu jeder Performanceserie ein kurzes Video in der die Arbeit dokumentiert wird.
Einem Menschen, der sein Leben gegen eine Macht setzt,
kann man keine Vorschriften machen
Eine Genaologie des Plebs
Serie 1 | Mai - November 2013
Der verschuldete Mensch
Schuldenökonomie und Existenz
Die Ära Neoliberalismus ist etwas völlig Neues
Serie 2 | November 2013 - Mai 2014
Serie 3 | Juni 2014 - Februar 2015
Pandora's Daughters is created in collaboration with philosopher Boyan Manchev and is the fourth instalment in the performance series ON THE BLIND SIDE. With Manchev, who is also working alongside as dramaturge, we can call one of the most internationally renowned representatives of contemporary philosophy our collaborator.
' Was Pandora, the motherless first woman, made immediately as woman? And what if
her immediate creation by the divine blacksmith Hephaestus and the motherless goddess-
virgin, the head-born warrior Athena, made her – the future mediator between gods and hu-
mans – the paradigmatic figure of immediacy, in other words, of the child?
Pandora, sent to the humans, to the newly established world of finitude, and therefore
of labour, economy and order, had to transgress interdictions in order to fulfil her immediate
desires. She needed her toys, which the jealous husband-father, Epimetheus, has locked in
the jar. The all-gifted one always needs more gifts. Pandora wants her toys.'
His text maps out a new conceptional relationship between poïesis and the critical reflection of politics and performance (tekhné, praxis, poiesis). The concept of Pandora's daughters invites the Vierte Welt ensemble to trace the hidden performative potential of the philosophic text and to take control over it. In the first manoeuvre we get up close to the text with an installation made of performance, sound and video. The philosopher, present on stage, is accompanied by an actress and he is surrounded by uncanny video images in which three characters - on the verge of a time that isn't ours - seemingly try to grasp at us.
With 'Pandora's Daughters' Vierte Welt and Boyan Manchev question the origin of the humane. The relationship between nature and technology, between production and reproduction. What could it mean to us, if it is true as Manchev claims, that our subject-bodies mythically have always been constituted by technology, namely the technology that is metamorphosis? How is it possible to think of an emancipation of the subject under these conditions? Do we eventually have to throw away our basic understanding of humanity?
Marcus Reinhardt and Judith van der Werff
Directors: Dirk Cieslak und Annett Hardegen
Video: Federico Neri | Sound Design: Macarena Solervicens
Stage Design and Costumes: primavera*maas | Tech: Gretchen Blegen
Production: Annett Hardegen and Luisa Grass | Text: Boyan Manchev
Translation: Hannah Wallenfels | Hospitanz: Bendikt Päffgen
Aufführung in englischer und deutscher Sprache.
Performance in English and German.
A Vierte Welt Kollaborationen production.
Supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
Boyan Manchev | Philosopher | Bulgaria | born 1970 in Sofia, is philosopher, professor at the New Bulgarian University, guestprofessor at Sofia University and at HZT Berlin. He is former Vice President of the Collège Internationale de Philosophie. In his fields of research ontology, art philosophy and political philosophy he develops the perspective of a radical materialism. His most recent publications include Logic of the Political (Sofia, 2012), Miracolo (Milano, 2011), L’altération du monde: Pour une esthétique radicale (Paris, 2009); La Métamorphose et l‘Instant – Désorganisation de la vie (Paris, 2009). Boyan Manchev worked as theorist, dramaturge and performer in theatre and contemporary dance projects amongst others with Tim Etchells and Adrian Heathfield’s The Frequently Asked, Boris Charmatz‘ expo zero and Poster session Mouvement for the Festival d’Avignon, Ani Vaseva’s Frankenstein and A Dying Play, and deufert&Pplischke’s Emergency Room. Moreover, he translate writings of Georges Didi-Hubermann and Jean-Luc Nancy into Bulgarian.
ON THE BLIND SPOT #4 | April 2016 - February 2017
Pandoras Daughters | Boyan Manchev
24.02.2017 | 20.00 | Talk
DAS THEATER DER ZUKUNFT
Audience, Ensemble Vierte Welt and the Philosopher Boyan Manchev.
25.02.2017 | 20.00
Performance: In The Blind Spot 4 | Exercise 3
PANDORAS DAUGHTERS | Boyan Manchev
Exercise 1 | 15. /16. April 2016
Exercise 2 | 07. - 09. July 2016
Exercise 3 | 19. - 21. January 2017