Vortrag mit Simon Critchley

Philosopher Simon Critchley (New School, NYC) on the legacy of David Bowie

11. Mai, 18 Uhr, Hörsaal 1, Toni-Areal

Let me begin with a rather embarrassing confession: no person has given me greater pleasure throughout my life than David Bowie...
-Simon Critchley in “Bowie” (OR Books, 2014)

Simon Critchley first encountered David Bowie in the early seventies, when the singer appeared on Britain’s most-watched music show, Top of the Pops. His performance of “Starman” mesmerized Critchley: it was “so sexual, so knowing, so strange.”  Two days later Critchley’s mum bought a copy of the single: she liked both the song and the performer’s bright orange hair (she had previously been a hairdresser). The seed of a lifelong love affair was thus planted in the mind of her son, aged 12.

Simon Critchley is the author of more than a dozen books and Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at The New School for Social Research. He is the moderator of The Stone, a New York Times series featuring the writing of contemporary philosophers and other thinkers on issues both timely and timeless.
In Bowie (OR Books, 2014), Critchley melds personal narratives of how Bowie lit up his dull life in southern England’s suburbs with philosophical forays into the way concepts of authenticity and identity are turned inside out in Bowie’s work.

Der Vortrag findet auf Englisch statt.

Talk begins at 18.00, with subsequent Apéro