Supported by the European Social Fund Young Researchers Groups REACT-EU: As part of the Union's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will meet with the artist Thomas Hirschhorn (*1957 in Bern) as well as Martina Bengert (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Thomas Sojer (Max Weber-Kolleg Erfurt), and Max Walther (Bauhaus Universität Weimar) from the trans | discipline Simone Weil denʞkollektiv in front of the work Simon Weil-Map to take a mental walk through it together.
With the help of a reader consisting of fragments of the map and the Simone Weil-Map itself, we approach the life and work of the French philosopher and mystic Simone Weil (1909-1943).
As in his "Monuments", which Thomas Hirschhorn has been creating on various philosophers since 1999, he dedicates his work in the exhibition to a personality he has chosen – Simone Weil. Using publications of her scriptures from her estate and existing visual material on her person, Thomas Hirschhorn created his own mapping of handwritten keywords, printed text excerpts with his own underlining and black and white illustrations on Simone Weil and her work. He connected the various contents by means of rather straight lines to form an extensive network of references. With the 2.50 m high and 4.50 m wide picture, the artist thematizes the survival of Simone Weil's intellectual work, which he began to explore artistically while interpreting it in his own way.
The trans | discipline Simone Weil denʞkollektiv was founded in 2019 by Martina Bengert , Max Walther and Thomas Sojer. As an egalitarian, international platform, it connects scholars, students, artists and media workers in close cooperation with the American Weil Society and the Association pour l’Étude de la Pensée de Simone Weil.
The denʞkollektiv aims to build up an extensive network of people of various professions and interests working on the French philosopher-mystic. This network explores Weil’s œuvre from a transdisciplinary perspective, organising research projects and various events, publishes contributions of diverse formats (e.g. podcasts and papers) on its homepage and organises discussion forums and reading groups in order to put collaborative research into practice.
Barrier-free access to the HGB main building and the HGB Gallery is possible via Grassistraße via the inner courtyard. The HGB Gallery is partially accessible.
The exhibition “On the edges - Artistic Morphoses” and the accompanying programme take place within the framework of the artistic research project “The Art of Equal Participation” initiated by Ilse Lafer for the HGB Leipzig and supported by the European Social Fund Young Researchers Groups REACT-EU: As part of the Union‘s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information...