Talk by Hayat Erdogan

24 JUL – Friday – 11:30
Rote Fabrik Zürich, Club –
Seestrasse 395


Temples: Sacred places for ritual ceremonies? Early forms of ancient theatre are said to have emerged from the spirit of rituals and myths. First theatrical, thus pagan, rituals for example, took place to honour the god Dionysus. This was the birth of theatre and maybe was also a first attempt to secularize and re-consecrate a sacred place in the name of art.

In her lecture, Hayat Erdogan gives an insight into selected artistic pieces: From large-scale spatial installations like the Merzbau, the “Cathedral of Erotic Misery” by the Dadaist Kurt Schwitters, games with religious signs like in Christoph Schlingensief’s “Church of Fear”, to architectural art works by artist-architects, buildings that become easily pilgrimage sites.
The question remains: What the hell are we doing here?

The lecture “Artists Building Temples” offers – in addition to an insight and overview into the topic – possible answers and surely more questions.

Hayat Erdogan is a curator, dramaturge and scientist: Connecting Spaces Hong Kong / Zurich, lecturer for literature and culture theories at Zurich University of the Arts, member of the commission for theatre funding of the city of Zurich, PhD researcher in Philosophy at the Art University in Linz/Vienna are among others her fields of work. We are pleased to welcome Hayat Erdogan at our Baushtellë!

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