Peter Sloterdijk and Andrei Ujica
Taking Artavazd Pelechian’s film Nature (2020) as a starting point, the conversation will revolve around the themes of Mondo Reale, the exhibition organized by Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain within the frame of the partnership with Triennale Milano and part of the 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition Unknown Unknowns. An Introduction to Mysteries. Mondo Reale brings together works expressing a feeling of the unknown. The unknown as perceived in the world we live in and experienced through encounters with different cultures, faith, or natural disasters. Mondo Reale brings together works expressing a feeling of the unknown. The unknown as perceived in the world we live in by looking at the sky, as explored by mathematicians and poets or experienced through encounters with different cultures, faith, or natural disasters. The unknown as an unexpected reality that leaves us amazed, incredulous, amused, disoriented, dismayed, questioning, worried or full of curiosity and eager to push back the boundaries of knowledge.
A true visual poem, Nature is presented for the first time in Italy on the occasion of Mondo Reale. Produced by the Fondation Cartier, the film presents humanity’s relationship with the natural world through images edited to produce a monumental cinematic experience that escape the classical distinction between fiction and documentary.
Peter Sloterdijk is one of the most important contemporary German philosophers, cultural scientist and authors. He has established himself as one of the most stimulating, unclassifiable and sometimes provocative minds of our times. In his books and essays - in particular in the philosophic anthropology outlined in Spheres - art and its social dimensions play a role of major significance. Sloterdijk's thoughts sheds new lights on technology, the ecological challenge, bioethics, economic globalization, and broadly on the way in which humanity lives, thinks and practices. Sloterdijk taught at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design) until 2017. From 2002 until 2012 he co-hosted the German television show Im Glashaus: Das Philosophische Quartett.
Romanian filmmaker and author Andrei Ujica studied literature in Timisoara, Bucharest and Heidelberg. His filmography includes Videograms of a Revolution (1992), co-directed with Harun Farocki, which explores the relationship between political power and the media in Europe at the end of the Cold War. In Out of the Present (1995), Ujica tells the story of cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev who spent ten months aboard the MIR space station, while the Soviet Union collapsed on planet Earth. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2010), presented at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, concludes his trilogy dedicated to the fall of communism. Between 2001-2017, Ujica was a professor of film at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. He founded the ZKM Filminstitut in 2002 and was its director until 2017. His publications since 1968 include prose, poetry and essays.