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Alexander Kluge
The Eye of the Dragonfly

Online, Film

Over the course of the coming season and beyond, Alexander Kluge and the Development Company for Television Programmes (dctp.tv) will contribute to Volksbühne Fullscreen with a series of films, presenting a new episode every Friday for 52 weeks, each new episode will be on view from Friday 1230 until Sunday 12.30 (48 hours). The Eye of the Dragonfly represents a new constellation in Alexander Kluge's moving image galaxy. A living archive conceived to create a bridge between the many facets of Volksbühne's new and past productions, Kluge' production keeps one eye on our cultural identity and the others on our future.

Writer and filmmaker Alexander Kluge is one of the leading intellectual voices in Germany today. His research and practice revolves around film, literature, social theory, film theory, television programs, and political action on various cultural fronts.

Concept, Director: Alexander Kluge

Produced by: dctp TV, Düsseldorf

Episode 23 - 23.02.18-02.03.18

The nose of Socrates / With Prof. dr. Luca Giuliani from the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study.

There are two sculptures of Socrates that effect us with their style today. Archaeologists speak of the Socrates type A and type B. The first type was erected in the form of a statue at a time after his condemnation to death, when Socrates was about as popular in Athens as the Red Army faction among the authorities of the Federal Republic. It is a statue of protest. The statues refer to two passages in the dialogues of Plato and the writings of Xenophon, which describe the appearance of Socrates. The type B, which later became common property, is characterised by the type A.

In opposition to the idol which dominated in antiquity, where the beauty and truth of thoughts express themselves in the beauty of the body and even facial features, these posthumous images of Socrates are modeled on the satyrs: bulbous nose, bulging lips, with an ugly gnome face.
Prof. Dr. Luca Giuliani, archaeologist and rector of the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study, interprets these features as an image of the satyr Marsyas. This musical genius competed with the cruel god Apollo to see who was the best? Referees were the unjust muses, stooges of Apollo. Defeated by arbitration, the Marsyas skin was removed while alive.

Apparently, says Luca Giuliani, the followers of Socrates provocatively created this image as a criticism of the 500 judges, whose majority condemned their master, the ruler of the dialogues, to his death. The statue is in protest a violation of all classic ideals. We do not have a picture of what Socrates really looked like. We only know in what form his closest disciples clothed the revered Master.

A piece of living archeology. "Beauty raises her ugly head" is a quote from the LICHTENBERG FIGURES by New York poet Ben Lerner.

24 minutes

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Concept, Director: Alexander Kluge
Curator: Giulio Bursi

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