Justus-Liebig-Universität GießenInstitut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft
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Performance and Plants


BA 03/04/05/09/10/11/12
MA 01/03/04
CuP 01/02/08



What is a plant? In the seminar we will first examine some philosophical approaches to the the plant, especially ontology of the plant (Mader), feminist approaches to the plant (Irigaray). Afterwards we will deal with the rich history of the plant staging, with gardens and landscapes, studying the relationship between plants and theatricality, and examine the possible consequences of thinking about the performativity of the plants. Our focus will also be on the performances which in the recent years explored the plants, and on the artistic reasearch projects dealing with the plants and theatricality (Ivana Muller, Mamaza, TransplantY, etc.) We will also visit gardens and plants in the frame of the seminar, experimenting with seminar settings in nature and speculate about plants and their place between aesthetics and politics.