The Dissident Goddesses‘ Lecture #1
Blickle Kino im Belvedere 21, Arsenalstrasse 1, 1030 Vienna
Friday, April 12, 2019, 5 pm

Moderatior: Ute Burkhardt-Bodenwinkler

The Dissident Goddesses’ Lectures explore the subject of the goddess through lectures, performances and experiments by scientists and artists. The lectures are part of The Dissident Goddesses’ Network, a project of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in cooperation with the Department of Art and Culture of Lower Austria and the Forum Morgen Private Foundation.

Arantzazu Saratxaga Arregi

Draft of a Matrixial Philosophy (lecture)

The word “matrix” is virulent in a variety of disciplines, from cosmological speculation, natural sciences, and technical languages to media theory. Arantzazu Saratxaga Arregi systematically examines the term for the first time in a philosophical reading and creates a self-contained philosophical category: the matrix. On the basis of the word’s etymology—mother and uterus—the term is given its own semantic arrangement: All kinds of mothers form a genus in themselves, a matrix whose specific difference consists in giving birth. The ambiguity of the term, however, holds an ontological difference: the difference between maternal worldliness and maternal worldlessness. This leads to a question of ontological polyvalence.

The Beloved Mother Concerto (Performance)
Elisabeth von Samsonow, Ida-Marie Corell

Elisabeth von Samsonow and Ida-Marie Corell played cello, nightmarish and exhilarating, on converted bedside cabinets toward a future that easily makes up for the absence of a mother’s story. The musical act was a prelude to “The Psychopolitical Souvenir Shop,” a performance that opened the exhibition of Elisabeth von Samsonow and Juergen Teller at the Venice Biennale (in cooperation with The Dissident Goddesses’ Network).


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