The Aesthetics of Resistance. Peter Weiss 100

Festival, stage performances, reading, exhibition

Unkraut © AlexandLiane

Peter Weiss would have turned 100 years old in 2016. The German-Swedish writer is best known for his three-volume novel “The Aesthetics of Resistance” (1975-1981). The trilogy is set in the years 1937 to 1945 and contains extensive passages which explore the relationship between art and politics. On the basis of works of fine art and literature, Weiss develops models for taking up the proletarian struggle against oppression. The novel addresses the contradictions and errors of leftist politicians and examines the historic failure of the worker’s movement. The festival “The Aesthetics of Resistance. Peter Weiss 100” used the novel as a starting point for presenting today’s constellations of politics, history and aesthetics in relation to the recent surge of right-wing populism and the appearance of new left-wing movements. This project explored a view of aesthetics which attempts to tie artistic categories to social and political insights. In addition to several days of readings and international stage productions, the festival programme featured some of Peter Weiss’ lesser known films. Artists, researchers and activists met to discuss the legacy and topicality of Peter Weiss’ philosophy and oeuvre.

Künstlerische Leitung: Aenne Quiñones
Regie: Guillermo Calderón (CL), Nicoleta Esinencu (MD), Oliver Frljic (HR), Rabih Mroué (LB), La Re-sentida (CL)
Künstler/innen: AlexandLiane (GB), Halil Altindere (TR), Phil Collins (GB) u.a.


HAU Hebbel am Ufer

Stresemannstr. 29

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