The Research Network for Philosophy and Technology together with the China Academy of Art launches an annual memorial lecture dedicated to Bernard Stiegler (1 April 1952-5 August 2020). Stiegler has been an advisor to the Network since its establishment in 2014, and has been a distinguished professor at the China Academy of Art from 2015-2019, where he developed a new agenda of research for art, philosophy and technology. The inaugural memorial lecture in 2021 starts with an opening address by Professor Gao Shiming, the president of the China Academy of Art, followed by a lecture by Professor Yuk Hui.
Bernard Stiegler, the Mystagogue
“διὰ ταῦτά τοι, ὦ Διοτίμα, ὅπερ νυνδὴ εἶπον, παρὰ σὲ ἥκω, γνοὺς ὅτι διδασκάλων δέομαι.”
“For this reason, Diotima, as I just mentioned, I have come to you, knowing that I needed a teacher.” – Plato, Symposium, 207c
What does it mean to teach philosophy today? This question occupies a central position in Bernard Stiegler’s thinking and his practice. For him, to teach philosophy is to initiate, so that an individuation, or a quantum leap, could take place within and between the teacher and the participants. This memorial lecture traces a mystagogical thinking in Stiegler’s work, especially his reading of Plato and Simondon, in which one can claim a mystagogy without mysticism. This mystagogical thinking, present in philosophy and art, is also an antidote against the becoming herd in the consumerist society, which also means disindividuation.
– Yuk Hui
Gao Shiming is the President of China Academy of Art. He is an art historian, theorist and curator of the Farewell to Post-colonialism, the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, 2008; and Rehearsal, the 8th Shanghai Biennale, 2010. He is the founding chair of CAA’s Curatorial Studies Department (the first curatorial program in China), and founding director of the School of Inter-Media Art, and China Institute for Visual Studies. He is also one of the initiators of Inter-Asia School and Bandung School.
Yuk Hui is the initiator of the Research Network for Philosophy and Technology. He wrote his doctoral thesis under Bernard Stiegler at the Goldsmiths College in London and completed his Habilitation at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg. Since 2015, he has been a visiting professor at the China Academy of Art, where he taught a master class with Bernard Stiegler every spring. He currently teaches at the City University of Hong Kong. He is author of several monographs, including Recursivity and Contingency (2019), and Art and Cosmotechnics (2021).
Organised by the China Academy of Art and the Research Network for Philosophy and Technology.