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DUOs #2 Roland Walter and Melanie Widmann

Imagine, X says to Y: ‘You are F.’ Y responds: ‘Yes, I’m F.’ Obviously, X and Y are in agreement about who is F. A philosopher might express this point in the following way: You are ‘you’ to me; and I am ‘you’ to you. The question of this paper is: Can I be ‘you’ to me? My answer is: No. – It might be replied, nothing is easier: fix your gaze in the mirror and say the words, ‘Hey, you!’ But my question is whether in doing such things I stand to myself in the very same kind of relation I stand in to you in address. ……… Recently, it has been suggested that the rendering is needed to make sense of the very idea of morality. Say, X demands of Y: ‘You must Φ!’ And let the ‘must’ express the force of the relevant kind of deontic necessity. In this case, the following is said to hold: Y’s response, ‘You are right, I must Φ’, is only sincere if Y adopts the very perspective from which X spoke and makes the demand on herself – that is, if she, as it were, thinks to herself, ‘You must Φ!’ or ‘Φ!’ And her having the capacity to do so is supposed to be the condition of her being subject to this kind of necessity…………


'Duos' is the long-term curatorial project of S0MA Art Gallery Berlin. By questioning what relations, intimacies, being together or being alone mean in our life, in our time, the 'Duos' project collaborates with the Philosopher Matthias Haase. 


'Space between Skin and Earth' 


Erde und Haut. 

Welche Auswirkungen hat das Element Erde auf das Wohlbefinden des menschlichen Körpers? Welcher innerer, sehr persönlicher Prozess wird dadurch ausgelöst und bewusst durchlebt?

Eine junge Frau und ein älterer Mann mit spastischer Lähmung gehen dieser Frage in einer Performance nach. Was bringt die Erforschung des anderen Körpers über das Element Erde mit sich, und inwiefern verändert sich der Seinezustand der Performer durch diese Fusion?

foto credit : Andrea Speer 


Am I You?


Matthias Haase (Philosopher, Professor/Universität Leipzig)


Roland Walter & Melanie Widmann (DE)


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