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Sunday March 17 | Session 13:15 - 14:45 (20 min)
De Brakke Grond | Steegzaal

The method of intuition in Bergson is a method which promises novelty in creation. This essay focuses on the openness found in Bergson’s writing and puts forward the thesis that underneath the rhetoric of clarity broods a darker violent concept of intuition. Borrowing from Marxist philosopher Ernst Bloch the concept of ‘incubation’ the thesis will emerge as a reconciliation of light and dark in Bergson.

Emphasising the rarity of radical new concepts I will argue that the road travelled towards the coming of the new is all the more present in Bergson than might at first be evident. In so doing the prerequisite for novelty will become a method of intuition marked by a sign of violence. This kind of intuition is more commonly found in artistic practice and artistic research where the artist almost unwillingly commits an act of violence against him/herself in order to create something new. And if that is so, where does the artist find space for this violence when confronted with the brightness of knowledge heralded in institutions?


Josephine Gray is artistic director of Iraqi Bodies together with Anmar Taha. Graduate of Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. 
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