The Art of Change Opera: An Imaginal Intervention

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The Art of Change Opera: An Imaginal Intervention
Chiara Bottici

In this talk Bottici will discuss the libretto that she wrote for Jean-Baptiste Barriere's philosophical opera 'The art of change', which premieres in New York city in autumn 2019. This experimental opera describes the vicissitudes of a society that has decided to apply the principle of accelerated change to all and every aspect of social life. In the course of the ongoing libretto, such a society may (or may not) turn out to be the one we are currently living in. This is an ongoing libretto, meaning that it will involve a collective and open writing process. In this talk, Bottici will present the libretto project and then discuss the way in which a form of metaphysical humour can actually work as important philosophical tool to illuminate the paradoxes of the reality we live in.

Chiara Bottici is is a philosopher and writer. She is Associate Professor in Philosophy at New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College (New York). She has written on myth, imagination, ancient and early modern philosophy, the Frankfurt School, psychoanalysis, feminism, contemporary social and political philosophy. She is the author of Imaginal Politics: Images beyond Imagination and The Imaginary (Columbia University Press, 2014), A Philosophy of Political Myth (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Men and States (Palgrave, 2009). With Benoit Challand, she also co-authored Imagining Europe: Myth, Memory, Identity (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and The Myth of the Clash of Civilizations (Routledge, 2010). She also co-edited the collections of essays The Politics of Imagination (Routledge, 2011, with Benoit Challand), The Anarchist Turn (Pluto 2013, with Simon Critchley and Jacob Blumenfeld) and Feminism, Capitalism and Critique (Palgrave 2017, with Banu Bargu). Her short stories have appeared in Il Caffe illustrato and L’immaginazione, while her feminist experimental writing Per tre miti, forse quattro was published by Manni Editore in 2016 and is forthcoming in an English translation with Bloomsbury.

This event is supported by the Research Centre for Performance & Creative Exchange at the University of Roehampton. The Centre offers a forum for the exchange of energy and ideas about histories, theories, and practices of theatre, performance and live art. At the core of the Centre’s activities is an ongoing series of public talks and seminars with guest speakers, which run through the academic year.


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University of Roehampton

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SW15 5PJ

United Kingdom

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