Jean Baudrillard speaking about the models and principles of reality and rationality, the philosophy of history of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, essence of globalization, modern culture and perception, concepts of emerging and submerging, the notion of parody, the essence and structure of power, singularity and assimilation, seduction and cannibalization, symbolic exchange. Philosophy seminar at the European Graduate School, Media and Communication Studies Department Program in 2004. EGS, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe.
Baudrillard describes the current position of the globalized citizen as pornography. Pornography, literally and as a metaphor for "promiscuity of all exchanges and products", "Globalisation of exchanges puts an end of the universalisation of values", the universal itself is being globalised as capital. Baudrillard then relates these thoughts to reflect on radical Islam as a irreconcilable singularity faced with global universality. A lecture intermixed with many audience questions at the European Graduate School, in 2004. Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
Varda prsents her film Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse 2000 aka The Gleaners and I, a documentary about things we leave behind or throw away, the leftover, cleaning, what is left, what means picking, selecting, chosing and giving. Varda discusses her photography and her filmmaking process with regard to the two works.
Jean Baudrillard speaks of the violence of the image, especially a new '3rd form' of violence which has emerged recently: a 'meta-violence' of forced consensus and interaction, a violence of transparency which purports to put an end to violence itself. a pure violence without object, which is the violence of information. Open Lecture given at the European Graduate School, EGS, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, in 2004.
Werner Hamacher, in a lecture called "the Right to have Rights" examines the notion of separation of Church and State. Christianity as it emerged as a world religeon, eschewed in principle all participation in all public/politica affairs. In the distinction bertween res publica and res intima, however, a particular kind of politicity is generated.
Alain Badiou speaking about the essence of democracy, political perversion and democracy, dictatorship, politics, majority, satisfaction, enjoyment, pleasure, sexual harmony, democratic freedom, respect of the other, Slavoj Zizek, the throne of Wolfgang Schirmacher, and totalitarism in a lecture without a title. Public open video lecture for the faculty and students of the European Graduate School, Media Studies Department Program, EGS, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, 2004. Alain Badiou.
Schlondorff inroduces his film Die Fälschung aka Circle of Deceit aka False Witness / Le Faussaire. He describes his agenda as personified by the protagonist in this film., the notion of truth from the level of the intimate to the distanced experience of truth through media.
The synthetic order of the image as a pure artifact has overwhelmed us. Can we even call these images any more? Baudrillard asks whether it is possible today to retrieve, despite the violence of information and communication, the pure event of the image. Open Lecture given by Jean Baudrillard after his seminar for the students at the European Graduate School, in 2004.
Claude Lanzmann, accepts an honorary doctorate with an anecdoite about the last time he was given an honorary degree at European Graduate School EGS, Media and Communication Studies department Film program, 2004.
Jacques Derrida discussing "On Forgiveness", the notion of forgiveness in international relations, which is not pure forgiveness for Derrida. Do we forgive someone or do we forgive something?
The importance of the possibility of the unconscious (without needing to name it as such) in the notion of the 'betise' (stupidity). This is a short exerpt of a discussion of 'stupidity' in Gilles Deleuze's thought which promises to lead through Lacan, Freud and Flaubert.
www.egs.edu Slavoj Zizek talking about the Plea for ethical violence, the logic of the system, ethical pressure, harassment, violence of power and politics, ideology, religion and law, reproducing through censorship and repression, Emmanuel Lévinas, objectivity, objectification, self expression and courses without titles. Slavoj Zizek in a free public open lecture for the students of the European Graduate School EGS, Media and Communication Studies department program, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, 2006
Jacques Derrida speaking about Forgiveness in his Paris seminar "A Critique of Psychoanalysis", a reading focusing on texts from Gilles Deleuze. Public open video lecture with students of the European Graduate School EGS, Media and Communication Studies department program, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, France, 2004
Greg Lynn, American architect, thinker, philosopher and science-fiction writer discussing and lecturing about the future of architecture, virtual design, the introduction of the calculus, mathematical systems, geometric organisation, composition, virtuality, media, virtual reality, design, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Gilles Deleuze, architecture as an expression of philosophy, vision, and knowledge. Greg Lynn in a public open video lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS, Media and Communication Studies department program, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, 2004.
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Swiss curator, art critic, artist, scientist, writer, curator, composer, architect, thinker talking and lecturing about his interviews and discussion with Philippe Parreno and architects, urbanists, scientists, linguists, philosophers and non-mainstream filmmakers, conversations between the temporal dimensions of visual production, the essay Postman Time 1992, the amount of time it takes to look at an art work and how this experience is framed: the postman delivers a package, and then it's up to the recipient, to make something of this, the notion of how an exhibition could be structured not as a progression of physical objects, but around the notion of time, itself. Asking questions about the concept of exhibitions and audience: Could we realise a group show in which artists would not be given space, but some kind of temporality? Would it be possible for an exhibition to be delivered to audiences, rather than require them to walk through a gallery? Il Tempo del Postino, a show at the Manchester International Festival is the product of these discussions, a first effort at filling a missing trajectory within the history of exhibition-making. Hans Ulrich Obrist in a public open video lecture for the faculty and students of the European Graduate School, Media and Communication Studies Department Program, EGS, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, 2004.
Barbara Hammer lesbian artist, experimental filmmaker, director and feminist talking about the big picture: film, creativity and process in documentary film. Barbara Hammer presenting Resisting Paradise and lecturing about meaning, information, originality, objectivity and personality of images; nature, human, body, reality; sensual, explicit images and films. Free public open video lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS, Media and Communication Studies department program, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, 2004. Barbara Hammer.