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Looking Back: Talks in November 2018

Updated: Jan 9, 2019

Elisabeth has been very active in the past months, serving as a panelist, presenter, and organizer for broad range of events.

On November 3, she was in Shanghai for the opening of the Louise Bourgeois exhibition at the Long Museum. Her talk, titled "Of Spiders and Cells: Louise Bourgeois and the Art of Reparation", addressed Louise Bourgeois’ interest in hysteria as a form of embodied self-expression which runs through her psychoanalytically informed work, as the piece «Arc of Hysteria» demonstrates, while also considering that her aesthetic reference to this psycho-somatic disturbance, or rather articulation of dis-esase, is as concerned with the sense of loss and abandonment, on which, according to her, artistic creativity is predicated, as it is concerned with sexual desire and satisfaction.

She appeared on the Swiss talk show "Der Club" on November 6, where she was part of a discussion on Trump's long-term impact on the political climate and structure of the US, only to be part of another panel discussion titled "Donald Trump - die Zwischenbilanz" at Kaufleuten on November 26.

On November 7, Elisabeth discussed the story of Bluebeard and his (re)figurations with Alfred Messerli and Michael Hiltbrunner, whose publication "Blaubart - Parodien eines Potentates" came out earlier this year. The event took place at Cabaret Voltaire.

The Volkshochschule Zürich invited Elisabeth to give a lecture on the American Civil War on November 20,

Elisabeth and Gesine Krüger had the honor of hosting 2018 Right Livelihood Award winner Tony Rinaudo at the University of Zurich on November 28.

On November 29, she was part of a panel discussing the legacy of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in the context of the rise of AI and robotics. The event was part of the series "Frankenstein: Von Mary Shelley zu Silicon Valley" at the Literaturmuseum Strauhof in Zurich.

To round off the year, Elisabeth attended the Goethe University Frankfurt's conference on the Return of the Aesthetic in American Studies, where she gave a talk titled "Getting Out, Getting Even: Aesthetics of the Interracial Posthuman."


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