Autonomy - Group Exhibition: Drop Politics and Erotics - Installation and Performance

Emily Hesse (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition



‘There are two kinds of professional human beings who have to argue with every idiot in the world: philosophers and politicians. Everyone feels he knows about politics and about life-who should have a greater life experience than he - that little idiot - and he is right.’
Heinrich Blücher

With the permission of the Blücher Archive, Bard College New York, Drop Politics and Erotics is a re-performance by Emily Hesse of the Why and How We Study Philosophy lecture series first delivered in 1952 by the unpublished philosopher and husband of Hannah Arendt, Heinrich Blucher.
The fourteen performed lectures introduce the audience to philosophical thinking, while being underpinned by the belief that philosophy cannot be taught. The intent of this method is to highlight that very contradiction, and to bring about the use of philosophy as an active force in the world.
Shown as an audio work approx. 6 hours in length, each lecture is also available as a downloadable podcast.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMiddlesbrough
PublisherThe Auxiliary/Middlesbrough Art Weekender
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2019


  • Art
  • Philosophy
  • Performance
  • Installation


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