Dec 6–8, 2012
Bonds: Guilt, Debts and Other Liabilities
Debts are currently the subject of intense debate. Characterized and accompanied by allegations of blame, numbers, terminology and emotion become entangled in an almost indecipherable knot. The inter-disciplinary, international conference Bonds: Guilt, Debts and Other Liabilities aims to establish possible directions, questions, dialogues and steps toward a possible solution.
Based on the suspicion that the current monetary debts and the debates and effects associated with them are closely related to other experiences of guilt and obligation – with evidence not just of existential and genealogical perception, but also of moral and legal guilt – one specific focus is on interdisciplinary dialogue between different approaches from the fields of art, culture, business and academia. In a range of speaking and discussion formats, liberated from the obligation to meet academic criteria, representatives from areas such as anthropology, sociology, cultural history, psychology, economics, financial sciences and the arts are invited to contribute their special thematic approaches and abilities. A broader understanding of the political, economic, moral and cultural aspects of the thematic complexes of guilt and debt demands complementary dramaturgical and artistic perspectives; interactive, systemic models will enable possible stances regarding guilt and debts to be experienced and perceived individually. The play Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street by Tomáš Sedláček bring economic theory to the stage.
Ralph Bollmann, Christina von Braun, Eric Brian, Michael C. Burda, Peter Eigen, Elena Esposito, Aris Fioretos, Michael Freund, Ulrike Harms, Marcel Hénaff, Ulrike Herrmann, Jochen Hörisch, Michael Hutter, Maurizio Lazzarato, Maria-Sibylla Lotter, Wolfgang Pircher, Birger P. Priddat, Tomáš Sedláček, Leopold Seiler, Stephan Seiter, Ulrike Vedder, Elisabeth Weber, Sigrid Weigel, Holger Zschäpitz
Theater: The Group LiStOVáNí with Tomáš Sedláček (Prague)
Systemic Constellations/Workshops: Hunter Beaumont, Rica zu Salm-Rechberg, Wanda Golonka
Art: Bureau d'Etudes
Film: Sasha Pirker and Irini Athanassakis
Project management: Thomas Macho (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Artistic direction: Irini Athanassakis (Vienna/Berlin)
A project by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin/ Institut für Kulturwissenschaft (Institute for Cultural Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin) in cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes and Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung.