Thinking Together


Thinking Together – Workshop

Thinking Together

Thinking Together

  • The workshop will be in English

Past Dates

The flutist/performer Michael Schmid and psychologist/artist Christiane Huber explore synchronization of group behaviour through rhythm. In a series of exercises, which include simple physical actions like walking and clapping, but more importantly, listening to each other, a group experiences a process of individuation through time. How to act together as a group without a leader or verbal negotiation? What are the techniques that individuals discover when they bide time to act in one singular or collective voice or gesture? Biding time describes kairos, the Greek notion of a propitious moment for decision or action. Kairos signifies a time lapse, a moment which cannot be calculated and predicted, but is chosen as an indeterminate moment of an event, in which something happens. Listening extends the aural activity to bodies tuning to each other with an indeterminate centre, tuning by resonance within an ambiance of singular vibrations in lieu of acting in a unilateral cause-effect type of action. Translated into social and ontological terms, the process of synchronization might be regarded as an experience of transindividuality (Gilbert Simondon), whereby individuals are the singular elements participating in a much larger process of individuation. The group individuates itself as a collective unit.
Attendance of all three workshops is kindly requested.

Text: Bojana Cvejić

This workshop is co-hosted by the P.A.R.T.S. work group “Rhythm-Expression”

Registration for the workshop is kindly requested:

“Thinking Together”
consists of two parts:
SAT 12 & SUN 13 March, 12:00–18:00
Conference “Time and the Digital Universe”
MON 14 to FRI 18 March, 10:00–18:00
Workshops, seminars, projects
Registration for the work groups is kindly requested:

Curated by Berno Odo Polzer

“Thinking Together” – the discourse format is dedicated to exploring the phenomenon of time in its socio-political, philosophical and artistic dimensions. Consisting of lectures, workshops, public talks and experimental settings, the project provides time and space to reflect current time-related issues together with international guests from the fields of philosophy, political and social science, cultural studies, computer and neuroscience as well as music, dance, performance and visual art.

The opening conference under the title “Time and the Digital Universe” investigates new forms of digital time, their structures and ramifications, followed by a host of different projects between 14 and 18 March. Amongst the topics are current politico-philosophical imaginations of temporality, non-linear concepts of time, the notion of rhythm as an analytical tool, as well as the differing time practices of the arts, philosophy and science.

Hosted by Michael Schmid & Christiane Huber