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#32 | absurdity
12th - 24th August 2013 / Berlin, Germany
in cooperation with grimmuseum
with Arti Grabowski [pl] as guest teacher!
23. August 2013
24. August 2013
special guest: Annemarie Hahn [de]
photos: Monika Sobczak
Human beings are acting completely absurd and right away, they even speak and write in an absurd way about it. Nobody would doubt this fact and looking over a longer period, nobody really changes it. Why? Absurdity describes something extremely unreasonable. If somebody speaks about a round quadrangle, or immaterial substances, or of a free will, we should not say this person is in an error, but that these words were without meaning, that is to say, absurd.
To consciously work with absurdity is obviously an absurd thing in itself, but it also creates a certain strength which might lead to an image, a situation or atmosphere which we would have never found with a rational or scientific understanding. The potential of absurdity is scary and irritating, but it’s also humorous and since decades artists are using the power of absurdity to bring out magnificent art works through a transformation of reality. There is an amazing freedom in the process of turning the known into the unknown, but also about turning facts into emotions, and if we do it well, it turns finally back into a new reality.