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A Painters Doubt: Lecture by Kathrin Busch

Lecture by Kathrin Busch, philosopher,
Berlin University of the Arts.

Schizophrenic Doubt, New Sensitivity and the Logic of Affection: From Merleau-Ponty to Deleuze and Guattari.
Thu, 30 March 2017, 7 pm

Lecture will be given in German.

According to Merleau-Ponty, Cézanne’s doubt regarding his own painting, his alleged misanthropy, and the tangible uncertainty visible in his painting all hint at a schizoid disposition, which indeed doesn’t take anything away from his work. It is due to Cézanne’s actual nervous disposition that he developed his art form, which is arguably an “art for everybody.” The manner in which he investigated perception, and his constant questioning of apparent certainties, led to a new painterly theory of sensation, which phenomenology later tried to parse with.

This lecture takes some aspects of Merleau-Ponty’s early essay “Cézannes Doubt” and offers a trajectory to newer essays of French aesthetics.

Kathrin Busch is a Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts. She studied philosophy, art history and literature in Hamburg and was awarded a PhD at the Ruhr University of Bochum for her thesis on Jacques Derrida. She was subsequently Junior Professor at the University of Lüneburg and taught as Professor for Art Theory at the Merz Academy in Stuttgart. Her research focuses on contemporary French philosophy and aesthetics, mainly on questions of artistic research and theories of passivity. Selected publications: (Ed.), Andrea Winkler, Köln 2017; (Ed.), Anderes Wissen, München 2016; P – Passivität, Hamburg 2012; Geschicktes Geben. Aporien der Gabe bei Jacques Derrida, München 2004.

Within the exhibition A Painter’s Doubt.

Photo: Kathrin Busch