The history of the Avant-garde movement in the twentieth century was filled with shocks, challenges, promises of disruptions or revelations, willingly using religious and military vocabulary. Can art fulfill such a program? A few days after the attack on the World Trade Center, Stockhausen hailed it as "the greatest work of art for the entire cosmos," before retracting his words. In his essay published in 2020, Stockhausen and September 11—an essay on music and violence—Lambert Dousson examines the aesthetic and political implications of this statement. In his company and with several guests, we will broaden this debate to include other aesthetic positions, not just Stockhausen's, and to other collective shocks, not just the attacks in 2001.
Session led by Nicolas Donin (IRCAM-STMS)