EROS and THANATOS. Review of Symposium 2022
Historical und actual (poly-) aesthetic approaches to existential experiences
Symposium of the International Society for Polyaesthetic Education (IGPE) cooperating with University Mozarteum Salzburg, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Kunstraum "Fabrik BBK600",
celebrating the 40th anniversary of IGPE, in memoriam of the founder Wolfgang Roscher (+2002) and the psychologist and board member Christian G. Allesch (+2022).
The confrontation with suffering and death in the context of pandemics and warlike events deeply touches and affects us, and foments the longing for a new awareness of existential questions of life. As a kind of "aesthetic response" IGPE offered the symposium EROS and THANATOS. The program led into all five dimensions of polyesthetics, into intercultural, traition-integrating, inter-medial, social-communicative and interdisciplinary context. Music, visual arts and video art, dance, theater and poetry were represented poly-medially. The performances ranged from student workshops to contributions of professional artists and scientists, including presenters and participants from Japan and from several European countries. A visit of the extraordinary exhibition of the American video artist Bill Viola at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg opened an additional option to reflect the issue. The closing celebration of "40 years IGPE" was followed by the general assembly which attested the successful work of the board, re-electing its members completed by Prof. Hans Martin Ritter, Berlin. Review to -> program (paper in German) -> abstracts, papers, biografic details of contributors (German)
Guest lecture at Bilim University Antalya
Antalya Bilim Universitesi invited Gerhard Hofbauer to give the opening lecture at the "International World Migration Movements Symposium" in early March 2022. The title of the paper was "The Diverse Phenomena of today's Migration, Mirrored by the Education-Minded Concept of Polyaesthetics". Although ( perhaps especially because ) the aesthetic approach to the topic differed from the other mostly empirical contributions, many conversations and numerous positive feedbacks were the result. Some contacts could lead to further cooperation. From a polyaesthetic perspective, the topic opened up a broad field for reflecting on the motives and on the individual as well as social-communicative effects of migration and its tradition-integrating backgrounds. The contribution will be published in the symposium publication.
Reviewing the Symposium 2020: "Perform in the Arts how nature affects."
(C) Foto: Helge Thomas
Experts from the fields of SCIENCES, ART and PRAXIS met at the Symposium 2020 from the attitude of attentive, mindful interest in nature and its deepening perception from an aesthetic-artistic perspective. The intentions were to exchange knowledge by means of topic-sharpening contributions from the perspectives of science, arts and pedagogical practice, to gain current insights and the transformation of knowledge from interdisciplinary discussion and understanding and to profile interdisciplinary and artistic approaches and impulses for a call for pedagogical projects in the educational year 2020/21.