›The Soul and Its Languages‹
University of Cologne, Aula II
What is the soul? Is it a salon, at the bottom of a lake, or a cool breath of deep despair? A reed bed, the sound of a flute, a breath extending into the heavens, a divinely ordained interrelation, a lynx at breakneck speed, hands trembling in black air, a channel for the murmur of part-time gastronomical gurus, a last sip that drinks itself, or one big, very nervous stomach for all of us to share?
These are images and thoughts quoted from the authors who will come to Cologne for Poetica III in order to explore ›The Soul and Its Languages‹ together with the festival’s curator, German poet and essayist Monika Rinck. The opening event, which will take place in the Aula (auditorium) of the University of Cologne, will introduce the Poetica authors through conversations with the curator and readings of their texts (in their original language and in German translation).
The evening will begin with a welcoming address by Axel Freimuth (Rector of the University of Cologne) and Barbara Foerster (Culture Office of the City of Cologne), sponsors of Poetica. In addition, Günter Blamberger (Morphomata International Center for Advanced Studies) and Heinrich Detering (German Academy for Language and Literature) will present ›Minima Poetica‹. Following the event, Morphomata will host a reception to which all are welcome.
With the Poetica authors Javier Bello (Chile), Michael Donhauser (Austria), Nurduran Duman (Turkey), Maricela Guerrero (Mexico), Gila Lustiger (Germany/France), Angelika Meier (Germany), Zeruya Shalev (Israel), Eleni Sikelianos (USA), Galsan Tschinag (Mongolia), Stefan Weidner (Germany), and Monika Rinck (curator of Poetica).
With the actors Seán McDonagh and Ines Marie Westernströer
The event will be held in both German and English.
Admission is free.