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HTA Ringvorlesung

Rhythm: a phantasmatic object - Bojana Cvejić, Dramaturg and Philosopher

Rhythm is a Dancer? On Rhythm, Movement and Choreography

Organised by: MA Choreography and Performance, ATW, Justus-Liebig Universität Gießen in collaboration with Künstlerhaus Mousonturm

Rhythm has emerged as a transversal concept for the expression of time in a few manifest historical moments (1750, 1880-1920, 1970, and 2000s) across the arts, poetics, philosophy, and social science. When it is wrested from the established notion of measure in music, a perplexing variety of terms, instruments and practices unfolds, situating rhythm between a manner of flowing (ruthmos) and an order of movement, proportioned figure (metron), in “the gray gap between black beats” (Vladimir Nabokov). The lecture will expound a number of concepts of rhythm from philosophy to social sciences, from contemporary music and dance to poetics, such as idiorhythmy, vibration, refrain, synchronization and rhythmic semantics, tracing the genealogy of rhythm as an object of phantasmatic inquiry (Roland Barthes) in the 20th century. Along the way, the following questions will run through our map: Is rhythm a key (an analytical instrument for a “phenomenology from your window,” as Henri Lefebvre put it) or can it be a generative tool? If acceleration and ex-temporization characterize the current rhythms of freelance work, are there other rhythms we ought to produce and embody if we are to act upon our collective individuation? 


14.04.2016, 18.00 Uhr, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Waldschmidtstrasse 4, Frankfurt