Reading and conversation with Swantje Lichtenstein and Volkmar Mühleis
Swantje Lichtenstein and Volkmar Mühleis write about dealing with injuries, illness and loss, about movements that leave something behind, but also about the crisis as an opportunity for change and new ways of looking at things.
That evening, both authors will talk about their literary approaches to the topic of crisis and illness and about their writing in unsettling and uncertain times. They present artistic and literary ideas, forms and ways of speaking on the topic, such as Swantje Lichtenstein's text-sound video work "Ultra Hurt" or Volkmar Mühleis' autobiographical story "Farewell is a long word".
Swantje Lichtenstein's main interest is transtextual, performative extensions of language, sound and theory. In her artistic work she explores recording and exhibition methods from a transmedia and feminist perspective. She performed worldwide and published books, articles, cassettes, vinyl with poetry, essays, theory works, music and sound works as well as translations.
Volkmar Mühleis lives and works in Brussels, where he teaches philosophy and aesthetics at the LUCA School of Arts. His literary books include volumes of poetry, novellas, diaries and the current story “Farewell is a long word” (Passagen Verlag, 2023), which focuses on three women who are each confronted with cancer under different circumstances. As a musician and singer, he performs with the electro-pop duo my brother Karin and the improvisation ensemble Brussels Cleaning Masters.