Kategorien Archives: Performing Books


The series Performing Books explores possible models to present, introduce and/or talk about books. The evenings attempt circumventing the recount or mere doubling of the respective book’s content and intentions. The book here is used as an object or starting point from which to traverse individual experiences to engage in a discussion with the audience.

#14 – The World According to Gert Jan Kocken 21.03.2012 at 8 pm

Lecture performance on the Religious Struggle with Images – Somewhere Between the Iconoclastic and the Iconophilic.
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#13 – The Capitalist doesn’t Want to Know Anything about Things to do with Love 29.02.2012 at 8 pm

A dialogue between Sonia Arribas and Howard Rouse. Organized in Cooperation with Subjektile (Felix Ensslin, Marcus Coelen); Published by Diaphanes.
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#12 – Shifting the Index: Discussion on the Themes of the Publication “Kunst einer anderen Stadt” 25.01.2012 at 8 pm

A talk with Ute Vorkoeper and Andrea Knobloch.

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#11 – Anthem for the People’s Tomorrow
18.01.2012 at 8 pm

A Living Room Suite Presentation  with the Master of Fine Arts graduates of the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, 2011,  and Bernd Krauß

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#9 – On the Psychotheology of Everyday Life 01.07.2011 at 8 pm

Conversations with Eric Santner

An evening organized by Felix Ensslin / subjektile; a series published by diaphanes

Eric L. Santner (professor in Modern Germanic Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago) in conversation with Luisa Banki (translator of „On the Psychotheology of Everday Life“ and of the Subjektile publication „Why Psychoanalysis?“ by A. Zupančič), Frank Ruda (author and co-editor of the Subjektile publication „Beyond Potentialities? Politics Between the Possible and the Impossible“) and Felix Ensslin (co-editor of the series Subjektile at Diaphanes publishing, Berlin and Zurich).

In „On the Psychotheology of Everyday Life“, Eric Santner puts Sigmund Freud in dialogue with his contemporary Franz Rosenzweig in the service of reimagining ethical and political life. By exploring the theological dimensions of Freud’s writings and revealing unexpected psychoanalytic implications in the religious philosophy of Rosenzweig’s masterwork, „The Star of Redemption“, Santner makes an original argument for understanding religions of revelation in therapeutic terms, and offers a penetrating look at how this understanding suggests fruitful ways of reconceiving political community.

Santner’s crucial innovation in this new study is to bring the theological notion of revelation into a broadly psychoanalytic field, where it can be understood as a force that opens the self to everyday life and encourages accountability within the larger world. Revelation itself becomes redefined as an openness toward what is singular, enigmatic, even uncanny about the Other, whether neighbor or stranger, thereby linking a theory of drives and desire to a critical account of sociality. Santner illuminates what it means to be genuinely open to another human being or culture and to share and take responsibility for one’s implication in the dilemmas of difference.

By bringing Freud and Rosenzweig together, Santner not only clarifies in new and surprising ways the profound connections between psychoanalysis and the Judeo-Christian tradition, he makes the resources of both available to contemporary efforts to rethink concepts of community and cross-cultural communication.

(Announcement Chicago University Press)

#8 – New Releases by argobooks 12.05.2011

Perform a Lecture! magazine. Publication reflecting on the eponymous series by THE OFFICE. Continue reading

#7 – Solutions 196-213: United States of Palestine-Israel 07.05.2011

A book presentation and conversation with Joshua Simon and Ingo Niermann in collaboration with Sternberg Press. Continue reading

#6 – Singular (Dream-)Experiences. On the Borders and Limits of Communication. 04.05.2011

Book launch and a conversation between Barbara Breitenfellner, Inke Arns and Ute Vorkoeper (in German). Continue reading

#5 – Komma (After Dalton Trumbo’s “Johnny Got his Gun”) 29.03.2011

Screening, book launch, and a conversation between Ellen Blumenstein, Antonia Hirsch, and Maria Muhle Continue reading

#3 – Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want 30.11.2010

A book presentation and conversation with Jan Verwoert in collaboration with Sternberg Press and Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy.
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#2 – The Trujillo-Syndrom 17.11.2010

Cordula Daus will present her research and the soon to be published booklet „The Trujillo-Syndrome“ (Maas-Media Verlag). Continue reading