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Erin Manning holds a University Research Chair in Relational Art and Philosophy in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). She is also the director of the SenseLab

Twisted Nietzsche

with Brian Massumi

Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna (Austria), November 26-29 2016


In constructing a large möbius strip out of paper, Brian Massumi and Erin Manning each started cutting a continuous band from different edges of the möbius strip. Quotes from Nietzsches Late Notebooks were written on the strip following the bands. As they cut, they read the quotes. In the course of the cutting, both passed each other in the middle and continued around the band, snaking around the space, cutting strip after strip. At the end, the strip became a very complex, interwoven web that they then mounted across the space like a spider’s web — a kind of Ariadne’s thread of words.


Led by Arno Böhler, the PEEK-Projekt „Artist Philosophers. Philosophy AS Arts-Based-Research“ [AR275-G21] is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) as part of the programme for artistic development and investigation (PEEK). Research location: University of Applied Arts ViennaBrought about in national and international cooperation with: Jens Badura (HdK Zürich), Laura Cull (University of Surrey), Susanne Valerie Granzer (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien/Max Reinhardt Seminar), Walter Heun (Tanzquartier Wien), Alice Lagaay (Universität Bremen). Postdoc: Elisabeth Schäfer (University of Applied Arts Vienna). The lecture series was produced in collaboration with: Institut für Philosophie [Arno Böhler und Institut für Theater- Film- und Medienwissenschaft der Universität Wien [Krassimira Kruschkova], University of Applied Arts Vienna.

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