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Paul Broks, Stephen Frosh, ...: »Sozialität ist der fundamentalste Teil dessen, was wir sind«
»Sozialität ist der fundamentalste Teil dessen, was wir sind«
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Paul Broks, Stephen Frosh, Emily Wardill

»Sozialität ist der fundamentalste Teil dessen, was wir sind«
Im Gespräch mit Paul Broks, Stephen Frosh und Emily Wardill

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  • urbanism
  • migration
  • identity
  • politics
  • digital culture
  • gender
  • capitalism
  • queer theory

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Paul Broks

previously worked as a clinical neuropsychologist and neuroscientist and today is a freelancing writer. He gained recognition as a writer with his first book, Into the Silent Land. Travels in Neuropsychology (Atlantic Books, 2003) which mixed neurological case histories, fiction and memoir that proposed an extended contemplation of  the brain and selfhood and/or identity. A short story from the collection, To Be Two or Not to Be, is currently being adapted for the cinema. Broks has also written for the theatre. The plays On Ego (Oberon Books, 2005) and On Emotion (Oberon Books, 2008), which were produced in collaboration with director Mick Gordon premiered at the Soho Theatre, London, and have gone on to successful productions worldwide. Moreover he co-wrote and narrated Martino Unstrung, Ian Knox’s feature documentary about the recovered-amnesic jazz guitar virtuoso, Pat Martino (2008). With Hugh Hudson and Maryam d’Abo he collaborated on a film about stroke survivors entitled Rupture: ­Living with a broken brain (2012). Broks is also a regular contributor to WNYC’s Radiolab show. His next book The Laws of Magic, to be published soon, includes excursions into Greek mythology, madness and magic as well as brain science.

Stephen Frosh

is Professor of Psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London. Since 2003 he has been Pro-Vice-Master, first for Learning and Teaching and then for Research. He has researched and lectured at Birkbeck from 1979, first in the School of Psychology and since 2008 in the Department of Psychosocial Studies, of which he was a founding member and first Head of Department. From 1982 until 2000 he worked part-time at Birkbeck and part-time as a clinical psychologist in the National Health Service. In addition throughout the 1990s he was Consultant Clinical Psychologist and from 1996 Vice Dean in the Child and Family Department of the Tavistock Clinic, London. His main academic interests are investigating the applications of psychoanalysis to social issues and subjects such as gender, ethnicity and social identity as well as psychosocial studies.
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Emily Wardill

lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. The artist’s works blur truth and fiction, symbolism and reality, rationality and emotion. Through this they unlock the hierarchical structures of knowledge and rearrange them. Wardill’s work was exhibited, among others, at the Serpentine Gallery London (2012), the Showroom Gallery London (2010), the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow (2011), the Badi­scher Kunstverein Karlsruhe (2011), the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge,MA (2010) and the ICA, London (2008). In 2004 she realized the performance The Feast Against Nature in Grizedale (Lake District) at the New York PS1 Contemporary Art Center. In 2011 she took part in the Venice Biennale. Her work was awarded the Jarman Award in 2010 and the Leverhulme Award in 2011. Recently her films were shown in the context of solo shows in, for instance, the ARTES – Fundação Manuel António da Mota in Porto (2012) and in La Loge, Brussels (2014).
Other texts by Emily Wardill for DIAPHANES
Kerstin Stakemeier (ed.), Susanne Witzgall (ed.): Fragile Identitäten

Wie ist es um die Subjektformen der Gegenwart und wie ist es um deren Selbst-Verständnis bestellt? In künstlerischen Arbeiten und wissenschaftlichen Theorien treten immer häufiger ›fragile Identitäten‹ in den Vordergrund. Sie erscheinen als Kritiken am Begriff der Identität selbst, verweisen aber vor allem auf den prekären Zustand von Subjektformen im fortgeschrittenen Kapitalismus und in aktuellen politischen Umbruchsituationen. Anknüpfend hieran lotet der Band Chancen und Gefährdungen des fragilen Selbst aus und fragt nach der Dringlichkeit eines neuen Konzepts von Subjektivität. Die Publikation ist Ergebnis des zweiten Jahresprogramms des cx centrum für interdisziplinäre studien an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste München.