Table-Talks - Active Alienation at the Table

topic: "human-machine: the extended body"
Moderation: Bernd Mand
Open Discussion
Sat 26. Sep / 18 h / Raum S4, 17 (former Stadtgalerie)
Admission free

What exactly is our human body made of and what kind of (technical) extensions do we possess? This final and highly physical discussion lays boxing gloves and philosophical theories about embodiment and our perception of the human body on the last table.

Gäste: Katherina Kinzel, Josef Barla Katherina Kinzel (philosopher of economy and history) Josef Barla (philosopher with focus on technical philosophy)


On the meadow, in the backyard or simply on the pavement – the format is already quite far from the classical audience discussion when we dispute, tinker and fabulate. While dining together in different places across the city, the table talks track the alien in our everyday life. We question habits and familiarities from traditional customs to pets. We search the unknown in ourselves, the alien in paradise and the possible impossibilities of overcoming alienation.
What is strange to us, what is not, and why? When do we have to question the unknown, and when would it be better for us to question what we think we know? Together with visitors, artists and makers of the festival, we set the table for a temporary research lab and dive right into the subject matter without a blue-print.
A daily changing discussion adventure.

The discussions will be in German! If there should be bad weather we provide a "weather-safe-alternative".


BERND MAND (b. 1978) studied European Art History and History in Heidelberg. He lives and works as a freelance journalist and author in Mannheim. Since 2010 he also works as a jury member in the resort of festival and project-promotion for the German Youth-Theatre Prize of Baden-Württemberg and the Regional Association of Free Theaters in Baden-Württemberg. Furthermore he functions as guest critic (for example at the Theatre-Days of Baden-Württemberg in Freiburg 2009, „Schöne Aussicht“ - International Children and Youth Theatre-Festival in Stuttgart 2010) as well as curator (“Augenblick Mal!” - Theatre-Festival for a Young Audience, organized by the children and youth theater-centre of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2013 and 2015).