funded by the German
Federal Cultural Foundation


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Friday April 1, 2011, 7:30 pm at the Schwules Museum
„Pascal – Gödel – Wittgenstein“
Performance/Lecture of the austrian director and artist Mara Mattuschka (in german language)

„The Viennese artist and persona Mara Mattuschka raves aloud whilst a fan distributes platonic memes and keeps everyone cool. Please feel free to chime in. May Calliope, the muse of rhetoric, have mercy on the speaker and the public!“ (Mara Mattuschka)

The last three films by Mara Mattuschka will be shown at the Kino Arsenal on March 31, the director will be present
in cooperation with the Kino Arsenal, Berlin


Thursday April 14, 2011, 7:00 pm at the Schwules Museum
Screening „Wittgenstein"
(UK 1993, Director: Derek Jarman, 75 min)

In Derek Jarman's fictionalized biography, simply titled „Wittgenstein“ (UK 1993), a lifestyle tending to extremes is the starting point for contextualizing stories of the philosopher's life and work. The roll of the film's first-person narrator, Wittgenstein, is portrayed by two different actors – one as a youth, the other as an adult. The voice-over commentary is based on Wittgenstein's notes and conveys a self-critical perspective on a professional life which oscillates from the influences of a wealthy family, frequent trips to the opera and cinema, grandiose indulgence and luxurious journeys with various lovers, to phases of self-induced asceticism and retreat into a Spartan lifestyle - in the sparse hut in Skjolden, Norway which Wittgenstein had built precisely for this purpose. Jarman chooses a dramaturgy reminiscent of episodic drama, in which he reconstructs encounters, journeys and networks of relationships with few props in the black box of a film studio. (Yvonne Spielmann)

kindy supported by Edition Salzgeber
[Entrance Fee: 4 €]



Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 7:30 pm at The English Theatre (Fidicinstrasse 40)
on the occassion of Ludwig Wittgenstein's 122nd birthday
Reading: Bernhard Schütz, Berlin (in German)
Musical Accompaniment: Expert Whistler Helmuth Drevs, Merseburg

Ludwig Wittgenstein played – as his friend Paul Engelmann remembered – the clarinet, „and he played her well.“ Besides that, „he could whistle wonderfully, and when discussion turned to the Viola line in the third movement of a Beethoven quartet, he was able to whistle the entire movement all the way through for us. All the while, his whistling was as clear and strong as an instrument. I myself heard it from him several times.“

On the occasion of Wittgenstein's 122nd birthday, the actor Bernhard Schütz will read from the philosopher's texts and correspondence about concepts like thought, speech and whistling. The expert whistler Helmuth Drevs will perform pieces which Wittgenstein is known to have whistled.

in cooperation with the Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin



Sunday, May 1, 2011, 11:00 am at the Schwules Museum
„On Dialogues – Wittgenstein's Literary Style and Philosophical Methods“ (in english)
Lecture by Prof. David G. Stern, Department of Philosophy, University of Iowa
Moderated by: Matthias Kroß

Ludwig Wittgenstein was not only one of the greatest philosophical geniuses of the 20th century,   but, thanks to his exemplary language and dialogical manner of presentation, he can also be considered one of the best stylists in the German language – on the level of Lichtenberg and Kraus, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. In his lecture, David G. Stern will elaborate on the  outstanding literary qualities of Wittgenstein's work, particularly in his later philosophy, and will demonstrate that one can only truly understand Wittgenstein's work when one also views it as a philosophical work of art.

David G. Stern teaches philosophy at the University of Iowa. Among his publications are: Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations: An Introduction (2004); Wittgenstein on Mind and Language (1995); (with Bela Szabados): Wittgenstein Reads Weininger (2004); (with H. Sluga): The Cambridge Companion to Wittgenstein (1996).

in cooperation with the Einstein Forum, Potsdam




Tuesday June 7, 2011, 8:00 pm at the Kino Arsenal (Potsdamer Str. 2)
Ludwig Wittgenstein at the Movies
Short Films Program with a musical performance by Wolfgang Müller (Die Tödliche Doris)

The Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein was a passionate moviegoer. He preferred American to British cinema and was particularly fond of musicals and westerns. Fred Astaire and Carmen Miranda were two of his idols. He invariably sat in the first row and thought of a trip to the cinema after his lectures a relaxing „shower“. But Wittgenstein did not only see countless films himself, numerous film makers (such as Derek Jarman and Peter Forgacs, Stan Brakhage and Michael Snow) have dealt explicitly with Wittgenstein and his work. On the occasion of the exhibition „Ludwig Wittgenstein. Contextualizations of a Genius“, which can still be seen until 13 June, we will present films that Wittgenstein particularly enjoyed, as well as works which were inspired by him. Wolfgang Müller (Die tödliche Doris), who has composed a cycle of songs based on the book by David Pinsent, in which Pinsent describes his journey to Iceland with Wittgenstein, will lead us through the evening musically.

Film Program:
Stan Brakhage: „Loud Visual Noises“, USA 1987
Michael Brynntrup: „The Hong Kong Showcase (a Case-Study)“, Germany, Thailand 2005
Ira Schneider: „Ghost of Wittgenstein“, Germany, USA 1968
Michael Snow: „So Is This“, USA 1982
„M.A. Numminen Sings Wittgenstein“, Finland 1993
and more....

Musical Program:
Wolfgang Müller (Die Tödliche Doris): „With Wittgenstein in Krisuvik“

in cooperation with the Kino Arsenal, Berlin



 Wednesday June 8, 2011, 7:30 pm at the Kulturforum der Österreichischen Botschaft
(Stauffenbergstraße 1)
„Der Satz – ein Wortgemälde? Bild und Text bei Ludwig Wittgenstein“ („The Sentence – a Painting in Words? Image and Text in Ludwig Wittgenstein's Work“)
Matthias Kroß and Thomas Macho in conversation (in German)

In his Tractatus logico-philosophicus (1918), Wittgenstein assumed that we represent the world in mental images using our language: „We picture facts to ourselves.“ In his later work, however, he parted with this conception and sought accurate comparisons, examples and figures of speech. For, „a good likeness refreshes our understanding“. The graphics, visualizations and model drawings which accompany his texts were also meant to pursue the same objective. They were intended to show that language is unlimited in its potential usages and therefore cannot be mastered philosophically. Wittgenstein the artist, architect and photographer was an expert in visual, image-based forms of knowledge, as the current exhibition in the Schwules Museum Berlin demonstrates with numerous examples. He designed visual arguments for his readers, sketches, tableaux, city plans and maps of the land. Matthias Kroß of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam and Thomas Macho of Humboldt-Universität in Berlin will illuminate Wittgenstein's work and his handling of images and texts from the perspectives of philosophy and cultural studies.

please register at: kontakt[at]schwulesmuseum.de
in cooperation with the Institut für Kulturwissenschaft der Humboldt-Universität and the Österreichisches Kulturforum an der Österreichischen Botschaft Berlin




Floor Plan and Calendar of Events



Guided Tours
Tours with the Curators on 6 April, 4 May and 1 June, 2011 at 6pm
Tours for groups by appointment




Lower Austria, countryside between Kirchberg and Trattenbach, 2010
(Film: Kristina Jaspers)