Nietzsche envisioned a fusion of the resistant forces of art and philosophy as a “foreplay of a philosophy of the future” which was to bring about a new, active concept of thinking: an active thinking of the untimely, that is, “acting in a non-present fashion, therefore against time and even on time, in favour (...) of a time to come”. (Deleuze: Nietzsche and Philosophy)
Philosopher Dieter Mersch and artist Nikolaus Gansterer were joining forces to perform a lecture on the Dionysian concept, which is one of the essential aesthetic categories in Nietzsches thinking. At the same time Dionysus, apart from Zarathustra, is the most enigmatic figure of Nietzsche ́s work which, scattered across the scripts and also in the extensive literary remains, is again and again invoked and conjured.
Being the deity of change, who itself stays enigmatic and mask -like, tearingapart the common ideas while constantly hiding and only coming, becoming, he appears as one of Nietzsche ́s alter egos, although its meaning goes far beyond...
Live diagrammatic drawings: Nikolaus Gansterer
Text: Dieter Mersch
The performance was premiered in November 2015 at Tanzquartier Vienna, Austria in the context of the PEEK project, “Artist Philosophers. Philosophy as Arts-Based-Research”, managed by Arno Boehler, supported by the Fund for the Promotion of Scientific Research (FWF) as part of the Programme for the Development and Opening Up of the Arts (PEEK).