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Rhythm as articulation - Christian Grüny, Philosopher and Musicologist

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

While the notion of rhythm is employed in numerous contexts to denote some sort of temporal organization, it can hardly be considered a developed theoretical concept. The task seems to be to develop such a concept that is flexible enough to accommodate a plurality of media, contexts and rhythmical organizations without becoming too vague. Tying rhythm to gesture and articulation, I will sketch what such a concept could look like.

Christian Grüny studied philosophy and linguistics in Bochum, Prague and Berlin, got his PhD in Bochum and his postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation) at Witten/Herdecke. His background in the philosophy of Theodor W. Adorno an in phenomenology led him into two directions: on the one hand towards a phenomenology of pain and the problems of violence and torture, on the other hand towards aesthetics which remains his main field of research until today.
The long collaboration with the composer Elmar Lampson at the University Witten/Herdecke led him to seriously pursue the philosophy of music without losing track of connections and boundaries to other artistic disciplines. Cooperations with the performing arts center PACT Zollverein in Essen, the NFS iconic criticism eikones in Basel, the Hartware Medien Kunst Verein in Dortmund and the Art academy in Düsseldorf provided important influences.


20.04.2016, 18.00 Uhr, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Waldschmidtstrasse 4, Frankfurt