Dr. Lucilla Guidi (PostDoc)

Performance and language-games as transformative events. On the systematic relationship between aesthetic and philosophical exercises in Guðjónsdóttir’s somatic choreography and Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language 

The research project aims to establish a systematic connection between aesthetic and philosophical practice: The somatic performance of the choreographer Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir is described phenomenologically, and this performance is related to Wittgenstein’s philosophical practice. In this way, it is shown that both the somatic experiences that are enacted in the performance and Wittgenstein’s language-games cannot be understood either as the activities of an isolated subject or as purely passive experiences. Instead, using the ancient Greek grammar of the medium, they can be revealed to be transformative events that demand linguistic-somatic exercises, in which one learns to be actively affected by the aesthetic, i.e. the sensual and social dimension of our daily life praxis.



Dr. phil. Lucilla Guidi studied philsophy in Rome and Freiburg and completed a binational (Germany and Italy) PhD on the performative dimension of Heidegger’s phenomelogy in 2014. She was a research assistant and a postdoc at the Technische Universität Dresden and a visiting scholar at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her research focuses on phenomenology, performativity and Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language as praxis.