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November 26 to 28, 2020 / lectures at 8 pm
Sixth International Choreographers' Atelier
border zones :: an exploration space

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Six media stations with selected films and lectures mark the opening of the Choreographers’ Atelier 2020/2021 and invite you to an exploratory journey through the myriad concepts surrounding the idea of “border”.

The theme of borders as both object and metaphor in politics, territorial and regional development, philosophy, cultural studies, sociology, biology, psychology, art theory, etc find their expression in crucial societal questions about identity, territory, gender, class, nation, culture, health or religion. On the one hand, borders seem to be blurring more and more, yet there is at the same time an obvious yearning for clarity and belonging that expresses itself in themes of differentiation and exclusion.

LECTURES on LIVESTREAM at 20.00 (8pm) each day. Please register: termine@tanztendenz.de

The speakers invited to mark out the territory in Part 1, 2020:

Thomas Fuchs (phenomenology and psychiatry)
The corona pandemic as a collective border situation

Michaela Ott (individualism criticism)
Blurring borders in the area of bio- and sociotechnology

Spyridon Koutroufinis / René Pikarski (philosophy)
Border as creative process // a dialogue between Athens and Berlin

Günter Lempa (psychoanalysis):
Overcoming borders – protecting borders? Thoughts from a psychoanalytical perspective

Thomas Dörfler (human and cultural geography):
The dialectic of the border: exigencies and irrationalities of cultural enclosure

Concept: Micha Purucker
Many thanks to Dunja Bialas (film curator)
Translation into English: Christine Madden
Technik: Michael Kunitsch, Roland Wawoczny

Flyer for Download

Lectures online

  • THUR 26 November, 8 pm
    Thomas Fuchs: The corona pandemic as a collective border situation

    According to Karl Jaspers, a human being is confronted with a border situation when their former “carapace” of certainties, basic assumptions and belief systems, which provides protection from the contradictions of being, collapses. In this respect, border situations have an exposing nature. This concept can also be applied in collective situations such as the current pandemic: our former orientation towards the future is suspended; we must live with uncertainty. Yet a border situation, according to Jaspers, also opens up to us the possibility of grasping our own existence. In a similar way, a collective border situation like the corona pandemic can instigate reflection on how we would like to live in future. The lecture will pose several considerations about such possible developments.

    Thomas Fuchs (phenomenology and psychiatry)
    Karl Jaspers Professor for the philosophical foundations of psychiatry and psychotherapy, University of Heidelberg

  • FRI 27 November, 8 pm
    Michaela Ott: Blurring borders in the area of bio- and sociotechnology

    Borders thrive on the continued liberation from boundaries, on displacement and infiltration, regarding their appearance in both its political and epistemological forms. This lecture represents a critique of traditional philosophical delimitation and a plaidoyer for epistemological and ethical border-blurring. In this way, the concept of the “individual” is critiqued, in that it signals a personal self-awareness as undivided, autonomous and differentiated. Due to contemporary bio- and socio(techno)logical interference, media practices and cultural enmeshment, this self-awareness no longer seems replete with cognition and appears ethically problematic. This is why replacing the concept with that of “dividuation” is necessary, which instead lets various types of participation come to the foreground.

    Michaela Ott (individualism criticism)
    Professor of aesthetic theories at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (Hamburg Academy of Visual Arts)

  • FRI 27 November, following
    Günter Lempa: Overcoming borders – protecting borders? Thoughts from a psychoanalytical perspective

    Borders play an important role in psychoanalysis. How does a differentiated self emerge in early development; how do approach, exchange and separation between ego and object, baby and care giver take place? Using these “border problems” in the intimacy of interpersonal relationships as a starting point, the talk will attempt to open perspectives on social and political issues. In doing so, it will focus on questions of how important a stable architecture of differentiation and boundaries is for a society in maintaining its civilising standards, as well as how the expansion of the radius of empathy and solidarity to those formerly excluded can be achieved.

    Günter Lempa (psychoanalysis)
    Medical doctor of psychiatry and psychotherapeutic medicine and psychoanalyst

  • SAT 28 November, 8 pm
    Thomas Dörfler: The dialectic of the border: exigencies and irrationalities of cultural enclosure

    In this day and age, there’s hardly a topic more pressing in the issues of political debate than borders and demarcation, and their consequences. Social orders, territories and political camps therefore each create sharp distinctions for themselves in order to get noticed and look ready and able for action. This lecture aspires to discuss the ambivalences of social, geographical and political demarcation in order to make the case for handling social differences with greater equanimity.

    Thomas Dörfler (human and cultural geography) Project team member at the University of Bayreuth, department of social [and populace] geography

  • Available in the online-archive
    Spyridon Koutroufinis / René Pikarski: Border as creative process // a dialogue between Athens and Berlin

    The bio-philosophical assumption is that borders are not rigid, substantially fixed lines of demarcation, but rather continuing processes of dynamic (self-) limitation and boundary-breaching. An organism forms a unit with its environment and creates itself and its environment through the constant reconstruction of its borders. Writers such as Alfred N. Whitehead, Jakob von Uexküll, Georges Canguilhem, Henri Bergson and Michel Foucault are the focus of this enquiry.

    Spyridon Koutroufinis (biophilosophy)
    Lecturer of philosophy at the TU (Technical University) Berlin

    René Pikarski (philosophy)
    Doctorate from the Munich School of Philosophy

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    Dachauer Straße 116a
    80636 München
    Tram 12, 20, 21 or Bus 53
    Haltestelle Leonrodplatz

    Free admission
    Registration requested at termine@tanztendenz.de

    The Choreographers’ Atelier, presented by Tanztendenz München e.V., is supported by the Department of Arts and Culture of the Bavarian capital of Munich, the Culture Foundation of the Stadtsparkasse München, the District Council 4 Schwabing-West and the District Council 9 / Neuhausen-Nymphenburg of the Bavarian capital of Munich.

    Tanztendenz Munich e.V. is sponsored
    by the Munich Department of Arts and Culture
  •   About the format of the Choreographers’ Atelier

    The choreographers of Tanztendenz München e.V. invite artists and choreographers, both within Germany and abroad, to Munich to exchange ideas on a theme without the pressure of production and get new inspiration. The atelier consists of workshops and excursions exclusively for the group and events (films, lectures, discussions) for the interested public.

    The Sixth International Choreographers’ Atelier will be reconceived to be “corona-compatible”. As international participation at this present moment is extremely uncertain, the internal part with the artists will be postponed until spring 2021, and an exploration space will be created in 2020 that will take place live on location as well as digitally, thereby creating a basis for the second part of the event, which will then be accessible afterwards.