SITAC IX Theory and Practice of Catastrophe
Art struggles with chaos, but it does so in order to render it sensory, even through the most charming character, the most enchanted landscape.
–Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari
There’s our catastrophe. In the bag. Once more and I’m off.
–A line from the character of the director in the play Catastrophe (1982) by Samuel Beckett.
The notion of a catastrophe implies change, crisis or a definitive disaster, after which something will never be the same again: an event of the greatest transcendence for life or the system to which it refers, since it means its inevitable and irreversible transformation. A wide variety of connotations emerges from this simple definitions, allowing us to address conjointly areas that are justifiably separated. We seek a multiplicity of themes and foci, an effect of dispersal.
In this symposium we have invited philosophers, artists, curators and writers to discuss the possibilities of an ancient, elusive term that has involved, at least since Aristotle, an element of the dramatic or the tragic –that to say, of the theatrical. The catastrophic is first and foremost imaginary. […]
January 27, 2011 - January 29, 2011
ParticipantsJuan Villoro, Allora & Calzadilla , Mel Chin, Christian Viveros-Fauné, José Jiménez Ortiz, Ana María Millán, Helena Producciones, Rubén Ortiz Torres, George Osodi, Taiyana Pimentel, Manuel De Landa, Cyprien Gaillard, Superflex, Patrick Charpenel, Pablo Vargas Lugo, Sarina Basta, Amy Sara Carroll, Ricardo Domínguez, Paula Sibilia, Tom Vanderbilt, Minerva Cuevas, T.J. Demos, Julieta González, José Roca, Itala Schmelz, Johan Grimonprez, Michel Blancsubé
Teatro Julio Castillo
Ix Teoríay Prácticadela Catástrofe