Popsalon: “Where I am is where the top is, should I ever be at the bottom, then the bottom is the top”
Date: Day 1 – 20:00
Location: Nivre Studio, Weimar
Where does one find the high and the low in popular music? Isn’t pop music necessarily lowbrow, because it originates in the context of commercial exploitation? But if pop is a low art, then it would have to be understood by everybody, because being low implies plainness of contents and direct accessibility. In fact, however, pop was never so difficult to understand as today, so fragmented, ambivalent, and baffling. If that, in turn, means that pop is today’s true high culture – why then is pop, regarding itself as high culture, always of the lowest level? These and other questions will be discussed in a cheerful session of cultural analysis, crossing different forms of expertise, dilettantism and autodidactic efforts. The panelists will watch old and new music videos, asking themselves, what they might mean and at what heights of aesthetic existence they might be positioned.
Talk: The Rhinoceros, the Badger, and the White-Collar Workers
Track: Walking Conference
Date: Day 1 – 18:00
Is it possible to interpret animals? What surely can be interpreted is how we view animals. “Jessens Tierleben” is a column in the cultural section of the weekly DIE ZEIT, which conducts an allegorical interpretation of animals and their human observers in the manner of the Physiologus from late antiquity, not in complete earnest, but also not just frivolous – a melancholic-ironic shadow-boxing.