The Austrian Cultural Forum


Live lecture-performance and film by Susanne GRANZER / Arno BOEHLER, GRENZ-film, Vienna

Friday | February 25, 2005, 8:00 pm

Part I - "Re-Educating America on Friendship"
Part II - "Archives of Death"

Part I includes screened interviews with Robin Kelley (Columbia
University) and Avital Ronell (New York University), Part II with
Hans-Dieter Bahr (German philosopher)

Detailed program:

Part I -"Re-Educating America On Friendship"
(lecture-performance 35 min

In a screened interview, Avital Ronell (NYU) calls for a "Politic of
Friendship" (Jacques Derrida) that rigorously resists our desire to
occupy the other while translating the other into an image of our own
interests and longings. A second interview with Robin Kelley (Columbia
University) remembers the historical idea of America as an utopian
space for alternative ways of living. Susanne Granzer interrupts these
interviews by reciting texts that perform "exercises of war" which
spit out the "notion" of friendship.

Part II - Screening of the film "Archives of Death" (35 min)

"Where I am, death isn't. But once death is, I am no more. Therefore,
I ask myself: Where is death located?" The German philosopher
Hans-Dieter Bahr reflects in this film on his recently published book
"To Think Death."

His text is interrupted by 6 film sequences in which death interferes
with daily life.

No reservations required. Admission is free.

Austrian Cultural Forum
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New York , NY 10022