Redemptive Critique – Counter-Production – Kairos

Alexander Kluge's Contribution to Critical Theory Exemplified by 'News from Ideological Antiquity'
Vortrag von

Christian Schulte

Professor am Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft der Universität Wien. Er war Privatdozent am Institut für Kulturwissenschaft der Universität Bremen und lehrte an den Universitäten Osnabrück, Berlin (FU) und Potsdam. Er war am Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (ZKM) tätig sowie bei der DCTP/Entwicklungsgesellschaft für Fernsehprogramme. Wichtigste Publikationen: Kluges Fernsehen. Alexander Kluges Kulturmagazine (Hg. mit Winfried Siebers, Frankfurt a. M. 2002), Ursprung ist das Ziel. Walter Benjamin über Karl Kraus (Hg.

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Freitag, 22. August 2014 - 9:00
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Campus Westend, HZ 11

In Theorie der Erzählung, his Frankfurt Lectures on Poetics, Alexander Kluge describes himself as 'poet laureate' to the Frankfurt School, while the Suhrkamp publishing house promotes its author-in-residence with the slogan 'narrator of critical theory'. In his oeuvre, references above all to Adorno and Benjamin are virtually ubiquitous; we encounter them in countless stories, theoretical texts, and television feature programmes. As theoretical brackets (linking primarily Benjamin's and Kluge's kairologies), such figures of thought as 'apocatastasis', 'Jetztzeit', 'destructive character', and the concept of critique as such make a prominent appearance. 'The beginning of every critical work is marked by a change in perspective,' we can read in Negt and Kluge's Geschichte und Eigensinn, in which the authors accordingly postulate the 'production of a massive quantity of differentiating capacities'. They therefore address a practice of critique that does not make a judgement on a subject from a superior stance, but which is rather – and entirely in the sense of Brecht – based on 'consent'. Kluge's medium of critique is montage, which liquefies established mind-sets and fathoms historical developments for their unused potentials. His work in progress amounts to an experimental set-up across the media that, in the sense of a 'rehearsal', reviews the possibilities of a communicating counter-public time and again – of a public in which nothing 'that is of material substance' should be excluded. Relying on Nachrichten aus der ideologischen Antike, this lecture will highlight the references Kluge's theory-based aesthetic methods make to the classic concepts of critique of the Frankfurt School and analyse the reformulations and transformation procedures these concepts are made subject to in the process.

 

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