Hegel’s Early Love

Each year, millions of people switch off their lights for Earth Hour in their local times on the last Saturday of March. Meanwhile, others use that hour for attracting attention. All of the sudden, the Star Trek logo appears above London Bridge, generated by a great number of quadrocopters. It gives attention to a new movie. The drones carve a sign into the sky and send the message. Others drones, however, carve into other areas of the earth, leaving traces and death behind. Who is responsible? Which messages are taken for granted?

“Infinity”, Judith Butler writes, “if there is one, is thus found rustling among the abandoned clothes and old stuff accidentally bequeathed by the dead – no one’s property anymore – rags, recycled, that eventually, perhaps, get taken up by some other body, in some movement, evanescent and alive.”

For her contribution to dokumenta 13 in Kassel, Judith Butler contemplated about a text by Hegel: To Sense What Is Living in the Other: Hegel’s Early Love / Fühlen, was im andiron lebendig ist: Hegels frühe Liebe. To initiate the discussion to “aesthetic responsibility drones”, a collective reading serves as introduction and cross link.

The lecture was performed the first time May 2nd, 2013,
during the event Aesthetic – Responsibility – Drones
of Migrating Art Academies
at Kunsthalle Hamburger Platz,Berlin Weißensee

Smoke billows from oil pipeline blown up in the southern Yemeni province of ShabwaImage: Smoke billows from oil pipeline blown up in the southern Yemeni province of Shabwa. Photo: reuters.com

Reading Judith Butler “To Sense What Is Living in the Other: Hegel’s Early Love”