Texts Waiting For History

Even being gifted is a privilege; privileges have their price: contributing to one’s own expropriation is one of the criteria for being gifted./ The major writings of the century work toward the liquidation of their autonomy (autonomy = product of incest with private property), toward expropriation and finally disappearance of the author. / Literature participates in history by participating in the motion of language, evident first in slang and not on paper. In this sense literature is an affair of the people and the illiterate are the hope of literature. / It is not oriented toward a movement (praxis), it is not reduceable to a meaning, it is strange rather than estranging, without a moral. / In a text about Elizabethan literature, Gertrude Stein locates its power in the rapid change of meaning in language. / Meaning change is the barometer of the pressure of experience. “The pressure of experience forces language into poetry” (Elliot). / What is left: solitary texts, waiting for history.

Excerpting Heiner Müller
An insertion by the Department of Reading
Between Nikita Kadan and Sönke Hallmann

Translation from German to
English by Sven Wagener
Simultaneous translation English
to Romanian by Sorana Lupu
Technical assistance by Periferic team

Saturday October 4th 11am
CCCK room at the sports hall of the George Enescu Arts University of Iasi

Periferic 8
Biennial for Contemporary Art
Art as Gift
Iasi, Romania

Speaking of a gap can cause doubles
A project by Ingela Johansson, Inga Zimprich, Sönke Hallmann
With further contributions by Octavian Esanu, Leonid Vojtsechov

Center for Context and Communication Kyiv
Some difficulties with postmodernism,
lecture in New York, December 1978
To Use Brecht Without Criticizing
Him Is To Betray Him
, 1979/1986
The farewell of the didactic play, 1977