Reading Group
Thinking Together

Time Warp & Weft

Thinking Together – Reading Group

Thinking Together

Thinking Together

  • The workshop will be in English

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Since its inception philosophy has constructed diverse theories of time. While the physical sciences have increasingly encroached upon this traditionally philosophical territory, the evermore complex conceptualizations of time by physics remain abstract and, at times, difficult to square with our experiential norms. Empiricism immediately brings to mind a naive or outdated way of approaching the world. Yet, given the sheer complexity of the world—regardless of the perspective taken—empiricism should not be taken as reductive or myopic but as a robust articulation of where and how our conceptual capacities arise already imbricated by the worlds in which we find ourselves. Taken in this context, empiricism does not take for granted that which is self-evidently apparent, but becomes a productive way of interlacing local methodologies with far-reaching rational and speculative concerns.

Collecting threads from “PS: Stubbornness of the Empirical 2 — Space & Time” at Performing Arts Forum, we will begin with a group reading of a few key texts in order to foster a shared sense of the theoretical stakes of having a theory of time that is constructively abstract yet still relevant to contemporary intellectual and artistic practice. These communal readings are open and do not require previous engagement with the topics at hand. A broader discussion blooming out of the readings will occur over three days.

Registration for the reading group 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 \\|// (Katrina Burch, Ben Woodard, Lendl Barcelos, Amy Ireland & Matt Hare)