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The Performativity of the Witness and the Politics of Silence

Event Label
Lectures & Workshops
Organisational Units
Fine Arts, Art and Architecture
Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Wien
Lehárgasse 8, 1060 Wien

Organized by Marina Grzinic, Professor, Post-conceptual Art Practices Studio /IBK/ at Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and Angelika Schnell, Professor for Architectural Theory, Architectural History and Design at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

Based on his recent film Three Works for Piano (2020, 34’ min) Gal’s lecture examines the roles of silence, silencing and listening in the politics of dominant national narratives. Gal questions how socially accepted violence is constructed and deconstructed through the performativity of the witness in Historical-Trauma studies and in post-Colonial and post-Holocaust discourses.