Of the old sufferers of the light descending into darkness, and its new outstanding accomplishments in the baths of silver salts
Their public dialogues about "the film of philosophy and the philosophy of film" have taken Peter Sloterdijk and Andrei Ujică over the years, starting from Karlsruhe in 2001, to many places in the world: New York, Berlin, Strasbourg, Rotterdam, Locarno, Milan and now Timișoara.
Their discussion will start with the chapter, which gives the meeting title, from Peter Sloterdijk's latest book Wer noch kein Grau gedacht hat. Eine Farbenlehre (Who has yet to think of grey. A theory of colours) will revolve around the emergence of photography and film in the 19th century and their "black and white" halo of meanings.
Born in Timișoara în 1951, Andrei Ujică studied letters and philosophy in Timișoara, Bucharest and Heidelberg. Starting in 1968, he intermittently published prose, poems, and essays. He wrote, together with Şerban Foarţă between 1973-1975, texts for the Romanian famous rock band Phoenix. He made his cinematographic debut with Videograms from a revolution, 1992, in collaboration with Harun Farocki. This film became a benchmark regarding the relationship between mass media and European political power at the end of the Cold War. His next film, Out of the Present, 1995, was called by Lars von Trier 'the real Dogma 1'. Nicolae Ceaușescu's Autobiography (2010), widely recognized as a monumental achievement, concludes the trilogy about the end of communism.
This project is part of the national cultural programme ”Timișoara – European Capital of Culture in the year 2023" and is funded by the Municipality of Timișoara, through the Center for Projects.