Interdisciplinary Conference


in Art & Science

27-29 September 2023, Malta Society of Arts, Valletta

Unlearning Taboo
Event Hours: 29/09/2023 (18:45)
Location: Concert Hall [H]
pETER Purg
Keywords: unlearning, deconstruction, roleplay, participative performance, transgressive formats

Responding to the programme of the conference, the performer selects and remixes fragments in a way that corresponds to the principles of Bertolt Brecht’s “Lehrstücke,” the so-called learning or teaching pieces that deconstruct and expose the mechanisms of (power) relationships inherent in the (media/art) system in question. The audience are invited to comment upon or otherwise respond to these “unlearning pieces”, opening a space of (self)reflexive interaction among all the involved people, other (non)living beings, and machines as well, discussing their aesthetics and mechanics, the narratives and poetics as exposed.

Provoking both rational and irrational perspectives, possibilities of (un)learning through acting, playing roles, adopting postures etc. shall be explored, dissolving (or at least questioning) the divide between authors and audiences, both invited (in Brechtian terms) to acquire attitudes rather than to consume an entertainment. The form-and-content question is transgressed in favour of focusing on the function: the author–audience interaction is to become dialectical, guided by the principles of deep interaction.

pETER Purg

pETER Purg, PhD is Associate Professor at both Arts and Humanities, University of Nova Gorica, whose new-media art (thinking) practice ranges from performance to education and interdisciplinary research. He is Dean of the School of Humanities and New Media module lead as well as coordinator or team lead in several projects crossing disciplines, sectors, theories and practices. For the Go!Borderless European Capital of Culture 2025 programme pETER Purg currently leads the xMobil art+science mobile lab and curates performances in the PostMobility project. With a PhD in media art, communication science and literature from the University of Erfurt in Germany, he often combines scientific inquiries that include media arts pedagogy, avant-garde studies, post-growth and media ecology with artistic experiments in performance and media art.


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