XLIV. Sigmund Freud Lecture: William Kentridge


Sunday, 7 May 2017, 11:00 a.m. at Burgtheater Wien, Universitätsring 2, 1010 Vienna

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Introduction: Erik Porath

A Defence of the Less Good Idea (if the good doctor …)

Ideas that emerge in the process of making are what William Kentridge terms secondary ideas, or the less good ideas. He will use the activities of the studio as a demonstration of how we make meaning both practically and metaphorically. The studio as a space of contestation, play and free association turn it into a what Freud called a tummelplatz. Expanding from this description of studio practices, Kentridge will talk about the Centre for the Less Good Idea, an art centre in Johannesburg, the city where William Kentridge works, that is based around these ideas. In each case the practicalities of the rehearsal space become the metaphorics of constructing meaning in the world. (William Kentridge, 2017)

William Kentridge (born Johannesburg, South Africa) ranks among the most important contemporary artists world wide. His practice is born out of a crossfertilisation between mediums and genres, his work expands from drawing to film, opera and theater. In summer 2017, Museum der Moderne Salzburg shows a solo exhibition ‘Thick Time. Installations and Stagings’ (29 July – 5 November). At the Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Feststpiele) in July and August 2017 he directs the opera “Wozzeck” by Alban Berg.
Erik Porath is a philosopher, media scientist and artist. He studied in Hamburg and Basel, his PhD thesis „Gedächtnis des Unerinnerbaren. Philosophische und medientheoretische Untersuchungen zur Freudschen Psychoanalyse“ was published by transcript (Bielefeld) in 2005. He is the co-founder of the „Assoziation für die Freudsche Psychoanalyse“ (Association for Freudian Psychoanalysis/AFP) and worked for the „Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung“ (Center for Literary and Cultural Research) in Berlin from 2001-2010.

An event by the Sigmund Freud Foundation in cooperation with Burgtheater Wien on the occasion of Sigmund Freud's birthday on May 6

Photo: Marc Shoul

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