Dr. Lucilla Guidi

Performance and Language-Games as Transformative Events.
On the Systematic Relation between Aesthetic and Philosophical Exercises

The research project aims to establish a systematic connection between aesthetic and philosophical practices. For this purpose, a phenomenological description of choreographer Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir’s somatic performances will be developed in relation to Wittgenstein’s philosophical language-games. The project aims to show that both the somatic practices enacted by the performers and the audience at Guðjónsdóttir’s performances and the practices enacted by readers through Wittgenstein’s language-games are transformative ones. Furthermore, the project aims to show that such transformative practices can be understood neither as the activity of an isolated subject nor as merely passively happenings, which the subject undergoes. Instead, according to the ancient Greek grammatical form of the middle voice, such transformative practices can be revealed to be “events”, since they require embodied exercises, whereby one learns to be actively affected by the opacity and openness of our ordinary practices.



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