Hannah Arendt’s The Crisis in Culture: Its Social and Its Political Significance

Posted on September 7, 2011


Project Goleb Presents:

Hannah Arendt’s

The Crisis in Culture: Its Social and Its Political Significance

Organized by Jeremiah Day

- – Open Call for Participants – - 

The work of the German-American political theorist Hannah Arendt is widely acknowledged in contemporary social and political debates, yet her unique understanding of the inter-relationship between cultural practice and the polis has been largely overlooked. “The Crisis in Culture: Its Social and Its Political Significance” published in 1961, was Arendt’s contribution to the debates of her time concerning avant-garde and kitsch, high and low culture. This fiftieth anniversary serves as an occasion to take up this text, explicate and elaborate upon it, bringing Arendt’s ideas into dialogue with the questions faced in contemporary thinking on art and politics.

Following a seminar in London and a reading group in Berlin, GOLEB is pleased to host a series of reading sessions and presentations as the Amsterdam component of this commemorative project.

Tuesday, September 20th

Introduction of Arendt project by Jeremiah Day 19:00

Film Screening 20:00

Instrument, Dir. Jem Cohen, 1999

(PR) Evens, Dir. Max Le Cain & Tim Furey, 2006

As both the launch of GOLEB’s fall film series and the introduction to Day’s Arendt project, this evening will present two documentaries about Dischord Records, the home of musical groups such as Fugazi and Minor Threat.  Following Arendt’s focus on the distinction between culture and entertainment, we will consider the way Dischord Records’ founder Ian Mackaye has tried to organize a practice in which music is not reduced to consumption, and as an example of the engagement of art with public life.  Also discussed will be the 2005 Cork Caucus, an international forum of artists and thinkers, of which (PR) Evens was one of the legacies.

Saturday, September 24th

Reading The Crisis in Culture 11:00

No preparation required; open to the public.  As opposed to a conference, in which existing knowledge is gathered for distribution, here we aim to establish a framework in which speculative insights and reflection can lead to new understanding.  Gathering together to read out-loud the text and discuss it fosters a peer-exchange and pluralistic dialogue, not only of theoretical questions but practical experiences and problems.  The ongoing reading group organized by If I Can’t Dance has been invited to participate.  Forthcoming reading sessions will be held October 15th and November 5th.

For more information contact golebreadinggroup@hotmail.com

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Hosted by Taf Hassam and Igor Sevcuk, GOLEB

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