Gabriele Brandstetter, Marcus Steinweg und Joseph Vogl

KHAOS – A Debate about (Dis-)Orientation


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For health reasons Jean-Luc Nancy unfortunately will not be able to attend the debate.

As an additional event to Laurent Chétouane's dance piece "KHAOS" on November 13 a debate will take place before the event:

For a brief historical moment hopes were placed on chaos. The 1980s saw the creation of the “Chaos Days” and of “Chaos Computer Clubs”. Punks and hackers believed in the power of disorder to lead to peace, while police, interior ministries, and mass media sought to curb the chaotics.

What was not visible at first glance: in the process of institutionalization, not only the Hacker Club, but also the Chaos Days had already taken on established forms of German club structure. And in reverse: bourgeois society itself has adhered to something deeply chaotic ever since. The “uninterrupted disturbance” of all social conditions, the “constant revolutionising” of the relations of production are formative qualities of the bourgeois epoch, or at least they are according to the diagnosis in the “Communist Manifesto”: “eternal insecurity and agitation”.

Today it is a question of taking chaos as a given dimension – accepting it as threatening and wresting something productive out of it, as much as is possible. Following the ideas that Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari propose in their last collaborative book, the three disciplines of philosophy, science, and art are in a position to draw “levels” through the chaos. Without the romanticizing idea of the liberated punk and repressive order, without the unrealistic denial of the sustainability of capitalist economics, philosophy, science, and art withdraw into adversarial chaos – in order to wrest terms, formulas or compositions from it. “Chaosmos” is the word that Deleuze and Guattari invented for the results of this struggle, a word in which the traditional opposition between chaos/cosmos is intermingled.

But how can the work of philosophy, science and art be conceived as “chaoid”. How can this be achieved concretely? Gabriele Brandstetter, Marcus Steinweg and Joseph Vogl set out to look for levels in the chaos.


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    Sun 13.11.2016, 16:30 / HAU2


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