The Idea of Communism: Philosophy and Art (2010)
From June 25 to June 27, 2010 the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz hosts an interdisciplinary congress called “The Idea of Communism. Philosophy and Art”. The core event is a philosophical conference started by Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek, and based on an event of the same name which took place in London in 2009. A program including performances, installations, films and concerts provides an aesthetical complement to the conference. Works by guest artists deal with both the abstract idea of communism and the political history of 20th-century ‘really existing socialism’ in Europe, as well as a potential future for the communist model (in art).
The London conference was about philosophy and ideology. The Berlin conference will focus on a review of the socialist States that in the 20th century embodied the motive of a “dictatorship of the proletariat”. With this in mind, the conference will host a significant number of participants from Eastern European countries.”
With: Alain Badiou (Paris) and Slavoj Žižek (Ljubljana), Susan Buck-Morss (New York), Cécile Winter (Paris) and Gáspár M. Tamás (Budapest).