The Night of Philosophy is proud to host a very special debate between film director Slávek Horák and philosopher Jaromír Matějek around the 2015 feature film Homecare, Czech submission for 2015 Academy Awards.
They will discuss about ethics, care and compassion.
The debate will follow a screening of an extract of the film!
When: 23:15-00:15 AM
Where: Faculty of Arts, room 300
An introduction to the debate “Should Humans Be Enhanced?” by Tomáš Hříbek (Filosofický ústav AV ČR)
In the last few years, more and more philosophers have concerned themselves with a set of questions that are suggested by the new possibilities of biomedicine and technology. So far we have been able to treat, more or less successfully, people whose natural capacities were disturbed or impaired by a disease or handicap. However, it seems that the new era is coming when we shall be able not only to treat people, i.e. either to renew the natural functioning of their capacities, or to enable them to do things they had not been capable of, but which are natural to most of the others. The contemporary medicine and other disciplines promise to enhance people, i.e. to provide them with capacities that no human being has possessed so far. Genetic manipulations, cloning, billions of nanobots flowing through an organism and repairing its failures, a fusion of the human and machine intelligence – some of these things still sound like science-fiction; yet we can already at least in principle imagine how they could work. But crucially, their availability could in time lead to an emergence of beings who would not be quite human anymore. They would be much stronger, faster, incomparably smarter, immeasurably longeval – perhaps, for all practical purposes, immortal. People speak in this regard about transhumanism, as a practical movement as well as a philosophy that aim at such an enhancement of humankind. Some authors speak even of posthumanism, by which they mean that radically enhanced beings will advance so much over ordinary mortals that these posthumans will not be members of our species anymore.
Adam Budak is the Chief Curator of the National Gallery in Prague. He acted as International Curator for Contemporary Art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (2012-14). He worked with artists such as Louise Bourgeois, John Baldessari, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Cerith Wyn Evans and Monika Sosnowska, and has curated a large number of international exhibitions. Adam Budak has published extensively, and edited a number of publications, including two-volume anthology of texts “What Is Architecture?” (Krakow, 2002, 2007).
Miroslav Marcelli is a philosopher and is famous for his translations of Michel Foucault’s works in Slovak. He spent some years in France and in Oxford. He has written several books and articles on Foucault (Michel Foucault alebo stať sa iným, 1995) and Roland Barthes (Príklad Barthes, 2001). Lately he’s explored the philosophy of urban life and architecture (Mesto vo filozofii, 2011) . He teaches both at the Faculty of Humanities of Charles University in Prague and at the Comenius University in Bratislava.
Specialist of Spinoza, translator of Hegel and founder of the political movement Potere Operaio, Toni Negri is a world known political philosopher and sociologist. Born in Italy, where he became professor of “State theory” at a very young age, he has been spending a good part of his life in France, teaching in several universities (École Normale Supérieure, Paris VII, Paris VIII, Collège International de Philosophie). Here philosophers such as Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari took position against his controversial detention for political reasons, and opened a philosophical dialogue with his thought and with the political movements he was leading in Italy (with Guattari he wrote in 1985 Communists like us). He is well known as well as the co-autor with Michael Hardt of Empire, one of the most popular theoretical works of the last decade, where the transition from a “modern” imperialism, grounded on nation-states, to a “post-modern” one, is described as a shift toward a transnational asset of powers leading to a radical change in war policies and class dynamics. First of a trilogy, Empire has been followed by Multitude (2004) and Commonwealth (2009), where the topics of democracy and property at the age of the « Empire » are discussed.
Screenings with introductions and commentaries by our guests
The Trade Fair Palace
War at Distance. Tribute to Harun Farocki. Malá Dvorana, 9:15-10 PM (ENG)
The Human Mask, Pierre Huyghes (2014) – introduced by Adam Budak (9:30 and 11:45 PM). Moving Image Department, all night long (ENG)
Cinema and Eschatology – Images of Apocalypse in contemporary films and TV shows, commented by Michael Foessel. Studio Hrdinů, 1:45-2:45 AM (ENG)
Faculty of Arts
The ABCofGilles Deleuze –C like Cultureand R like Resistance (1988-1989) – introduced by Pierre Montebello. Aula, 10:45 PM-0:00 AM (CZ/FR)
Homecare by Slávek Horák (2015, Czech submission for 2015 Academy Awards) – screening followed by a debate between director Slávek Horák and Jaromír Matějek. Room 300, 11:15 PM-00:15 AM (CZ)
Political Ecology in Action – commented by Fabrice Flipo. Room 104, 11:30 PM-00:15 AM (EN)
Case for a Rookie Hangman by Pavel Juráček (1969) – introduced by Jan Bierhanzl. Room 217, 11:30 PM-1:30 AM (CZ)
The Wound by Nicolas Klotz (2004) – introduced by Étienne Tassin. Room 200, 11:45 PM-3 AM (CZ/FR)
The Intruder by Claire Denis (2004) – introduced by Petr Kouba. Kinosál (room 429), 7-9:30 PM (CZ/FR)
TheWerckmeister Harmonies, Béla Tarr (2000) – introduced by David Lengyel. Kinosál (room 429), 10 PM-0:30 AM (EN)
Détruire, dit-elle by Marguerite Duras (1969) – introduced by Benedetta Zaccarello. Kinosál (room 429), 0:45-3 AM (FR/EN)
The Trade Fair Palace
Voices of Philosophers – Video-Archives. Including: Derrida – On the Train Back From Prague in 1982; Jan Patočka’s Last Stance (1977). Two screenings: Malá Dvorana, 7:30-8:30 PM and Studio Hrdinů, 11:00 PM-0:00 AM (FR/CZ)
Serious Games. Tribute to Harun Farocki. Malá Dvorana, 2:15-2:45 AM (EN)
Faculty of Arts
War at Distance. Tribute to Harun Farocki. Room 300, 7-8 PM (ENG)