David Weber-Krebs and Jan-Philipp Possmann
This Lecture Performance was developed on invitation of the performance festival Wunder Der Prairie and is the first one to be developed in cooperation with the ARTI research group.
Enjoying art can be an ambivalent experience. Often we get carried away by works of art whose influence we fear or reject. This lecture performance explores the limits of the aesthetic and touches on various artistic strategies of drawing the viewer into the art work. The icon, the mise en abyme, the photographic and the abstract image are stops on this subjective art history of the sublime and the frightening. As creators, observers and objects of our lecture performance, we explore our own uncertainty when encountering these works of art history.
Erschauern/Bergreifen was commissioned by Wunder der Prairie-Festival, Mannheim and realized with support from the ARTI research group at Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten.
From 2008 to 2011 Jan-Philipp Possmann and David Weber-Krebs have been engaged as artists and theoreticians in a research project on aesthetics of reception supported by the ARTI group at Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, entitled CATALOG OF SITUATIONS.
With CATALOG OF SITUATIONS we want to investigate art history as a history of situations. We look at aesthetics from a perspective of social encounter. In this view an aesthetic experience becomes a characteristic way of experiencing a situation as structured space and time. In an aesthetic situation the subject separates a specific space and timespan from the continuum of experiences and distances himself from his surrounding. We want to investigate these situations in their social dimensions and develop strategies to denote and discuss the net of relations between beholder and surrounding.
Drawing from our practical experience as dramaturge and director having worked together on several theater creations as well as from an interest in aesthetic theory, we have developed several modules: a series of lecture performances and performances to be presented in theaters and art institutions; an online discussion board and archive for theoretical research; a seminar on aesthetics of reception for academic institutions and art schools; collaborative public programs of artistic and scientific presentations and talks to which we invite artists and scientists. While the online platform is mainly our work tool, the other modules aim at developing a language for communicating aesthetic situations in greater depth, drawing from the languages of academic discourse as well as performance, theater and visual arts. Currently a body of four lecture performances/performances is available for presentation.