26 Letters to Deleuze
In 1988 and 1989, philosopher Gilles Deleuze sat in his living room and participated in a multi-part television interview discussing topics literally from A to Z—one letter, one concept, from “A as in Animal” to “Z as in Zigzag”—yielding seven-and-half hours of philosophy on the go. Nearly 20 years after Deleuze’s suicide in 1995, 26 Letters to Deleuze reworks this original Abécédaire interview into 26 performative “letters,” mixing performance, installation, concert, and symposium. Commissioned by EMPAC, it was presented as a work-in-progress. The multidisciplinary collaborators included: Alan Franco, who has worked with the Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), the Ictus ensemble (Brussels), the Musiques Nouvelles ensemble (Brussels), and the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra, among others; Berlin-based Jörg Laue, whose LOSE COMBO has been realizing live art projects on the borders of stage performance, visual arts, and contemporary music; and Peter Stamer, who has worked as director, dramaturge, mentor, and curator in the field of contemporary theater across Europe, as well as in China, Egypt, the US, and Israel.
March 22, 2014
Commissioned by EMPAC, with support from the Goethe Institute.