Illuminations IV : Thomas Bernhard
June 7th 2018 : 7pm = Austrian Cultural Forum in London
Free Entry but booking suggested = Austrian Cultural Forum London - 28 Rutland Gate, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1PQ, UK
New pieces of literary art and performance responding to the life and work of the great Thomas Bernhard.
Perhaps no 20th century European author expresses so vitriolically, so powerfully and so truthfully, an utter disdain for pretension, intellectual and emotional laziness, and stupidity. Thomas Bernhard's immense output of novels, theatre and poetry is often marked singularly by a tone of contempt, unapologetically against hypocrisy and pompousness. Fully realised in Bernhard’s work is the irony of an author who felt compelled to demean publicly the very idea of culture and thereby provocatively offend the public’s complacent sense of cultural identity, and in so doing provide his own output with a meaning based on its lack of meaning. Bernhard’s genius was that, at great artistic risk, he achieved his aims by undermining his achievements.
Featuring Maja Jantar, Raphaela Edelbauer, Tereza Stehlikova, Oliver Evans, Christian Patracchini, SJ Fowler and more. www.theenemiesproject.com/illuminations