THE BURROW OF SOUND
Pursuing past conversations with Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin around the nature of sound and its implications in modern philosophy and art, University of Ljubljana Professor Mladen Dolar examines the boundaries between inside and outside, the psyche and the external, reality and fantasy, and sanity and insanity. Dolar's analysis builds upon a reading of Kafka's short story Der Bau [The Burrow]. This work, written shortly before the author's death, tells the story of an unknown sound intruding on a badger's burrow -- a sound that eventually transforms the animal's life into a nightmare. Raising questions around the location, origins and properties of sound, "The Burrow" intimately addresses the historical moment of modernity, the ontological "wake-up call" of a new experience. At its most basic, it presents an opening from which the fields of philosophy and art have been founded, a phonetic burrow with the emblematic value of a modern Platonic cave.
Excerpt from Mladen Dolar's talk in the Walk-in Cinema.
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