Keynote: Is art dangerous? – Art, ethnic cleansing and torture
27.10 / 16.00 – 17.00
There is a famous line in Hoelderlin’s “Brot und Wein” often quoted by Heidegger: Wozu Dichter in durftiger Zeit? Why poets in a hollow (sparse, scanty) age? The answer: to obfuscate this very hollow real, to produce myths that can serve as the screen for its horrors. It is one of the commonplaces of the XXth century opinion (shared also by many philosophers) to blame philosophy for laying the ground for the totalitarian horrors: from totality to totalitarianism, from Plato to NATO – but is poetry not also to blame? Were not behind every nationalist brutality poets concocting national myths? So what if Plato was right here? What if he did stir up a sensitive nerve with his idea of throwing the poets out of the city? Poets DO lie, poetic mimesis DOES entangle us into the interpassive game of practicing something we do not really believe in, of experiencing emotions we know are not ours: we are affected, although we know it is just a fiction.
Zizek’s stay in Zurich for the conference is sponsored by Plattenhof Hotel
via The Mobile City
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