Events | Susan Sontag Revisited

Berlin | January 20, 2015 – February 5, 2015

In January 2015 a series of events in Berlin will focus on the multifaceted work of the American intellectual and artist Susan Sontag (1933-2004).

Susan Sontag – essayist, writer, director, and theorist –, singular phenomenon and an icon of American culture criticism. Ten years after her death, the Symposium Susan Sontag Revisited will address the continuing relevance of her work.

Sontag combined ingenuity and a boundless curiosity with unconventional critical analyses and avantgarde commitments; open towards all things new in culture and art, she supported many artists just breaking onto the scenes of literature, fine art, and film from the early 1960s onwards and helped them gain worldwide recognition.

Who was Susan Sontag? The SUSAN SONTAG REVISITED series of events will seek to answer this question in readings, performances, lectures and film essays created specifically for this symposium. Some ten years after Susan Sontag’s death, we will commemorate this great universal intellectual and at the same time demonstrate the currency and relevance of her reflections for the present day.

20.01. – 05.02.2015: Film series at Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Straße 2, 10785 Berlin

As a tribute to Sontag the filmmaker, Kino Arsenal will present a retrospective from 20 January to 5 February 2015.

9.01. + 30.01.2015 from 12:30h: Symposium at ICI – Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin, Christinenstraße 18 – 19, Haus 8, 10119 Berlin, free admission

The two-day symposium at the ICI Berlin features lectures, conversations, talks, and film essays by artists and scholars who were closely connected to Susan Sontag and have dealt with her work intensively.

Laurence Rickels (Santa Barbara), Hanna Schygulla (Paris), Michael Krüger (München), Erika und Ulrich Gregor (Berlin),Juliane Lorenz (Berlin), E. Ann Kaplan (New York), Christina Pareigis (Hamburg), Anne Ratte-Polle (Berlin), Jörn Glasenapp (Göttingen), Andrea Braidt (Wien), Nihad Kresevljakovic (Sarajevo), Carolin Emcke (Berlin)

For more information visit Facebook or the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry

Partners: Heinrich-Böll-StiftungBerliner Senat;  HauptstadtkulturfondsArsenal, Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.SYNEMA - Gesellschaft für Film und Medien; DEFA Stiftung

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