Our world is going through a peculiar moment, one for which there doesn’t seem to be a proper name yet. Since naming our time is part of what is at stake, Achille Mbembe will suggest that in the midst of the current dread and confusion, one thing at least is clear: ours is a time of planetary entanglement. But entanglement is not all that characterizes the now. As it happens, times of planetary entanglement are propitious for all kinds of escalations, the renewed production of things, forms, and events both baroque and dystopian, if only because such events generally strive to generate their own actuality through sheer excess and stupefaction. The lecture will focus on one such modality of the now, negative messianism, and its relation to the politics of pure violence.
The lecture will be followed by a discussion with Sarah Nuttall. The event will be moderated by Russell West-Pavlov (‘Literary Cultures of the Global South’, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen).
Achille Mbembe is research professor in history and politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California, Berkeley, Havard University, and at Yale University. He has written extensively on African history and politics, including La naissance du maquis dans le Sud-Cameroun (1996). On the Postcolony was published in 2000 in French, in English in 2001. His Critique de la raison nègre appeared in 2013, with a German translation in 2014, the English translation this year, and Politiques de l’inimitié in 2016, with the German translation due in 2018.
Sarah Nuttall is the director of the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannisburg. She has held teaching positions at the University of Stellenbosch, Yale University, and Duke University. She has edited multiple volumes and her monograph Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Post-apartheid explores mutuality, transgression, and embodiment in contemporary South Africa.
Sechs Monate lang haben die Regisseurinnen, Agnese Grieco und Lucia Chiarla, mit einer Gruppe von ›unbegleiteten‹ minderjährigen Flüchtlingen in einem Bühnenraum über das Thema Identität gesprochen, Improvisationen entwickelt und diskutiert. Krieg, Religion, Verlust, Gewalt, Kapitalismus, Geld, Sexualität, Zukunft und Hoffnungen waren Stichworte bei dieser Arbeit.
Daraus sind eine Dokumentation und eine Reihe von Videoportraits entstanden, Momentaufnahmen aus einem neuen Leben, eingefangen mit der Kamera. Einzelheiten über den Alltag von geflüchteten Jugendlichen, die in Berlin angekommen und jetzt Teil unserer Stadt und Gesellschaft sind.
Konzept und Regie: Agnese Grieco, Lucia Chiarla
Kamera: Steve Scholl
Ton: Rico Prauss
Editing: Meys Al-Jezairi/ Nicola Undritz
Musik: Matteo Pennese
Technische Unterstützung: Team des Theater XICI Berlin
Behind every name stands a human being. Having arrived in a foreign land, what does one want to communicate to others? How can one and what does one want to tell about oneself?
Over the course of six months, the directors Agnese Grieco and Lucia Chiarla used a studio stage to talk to a group of ‘unaccompanied’ minors, refugees, about the topic of identity and to develop improvisations with them. War, religion, loss, violence, capitalism, money, sexuality, future, and hope were keywords informing this work.
The results are a documentation and a series of video portraits, snap shots from a new life, captured by the camera. Details from the everyday lives of adolescent refugees that have arrived in Berlin and are now part of our city and society.
2012. Pasolini, Pier Paolo; Motion pictures; classical antiquity; Greek myths; Totò; Callas, Maria; Acting; Aeschylus - Oresteia