Wiederholung, Prozess, Mehrstimmigkeit: Technische Annäherungen an den Begriff der ästhetischen Kontemplation in der Komposition mit Zitaten
(Repetition, Process, Polyphony: Technical Approaches to the Concept of Aesthetic Contemplation in Composition with Quotations)
The concept of contemplation is as complex as it is old. While in centuries of Christian metaphysical tradition it represented an ascetic attitude toward the world in pursuit of divine knowledge, the philosopher Martin Seel describes it as a phenomenological mode of aesthetic perception that focuses disinterested attention on the mere appearance of the sensually perceptible. Similar phenomenological-contemplative concepts are also found in certain forms of object-oriented meditation practice, which often focus on reflection and the concomitant decentering of cognitive-intentional acts toward the object of meditation.
On the basis of two works by Luc Ferrari and Rolf Riehm as well as my own compositions, I will try to illustrate how the concept of aesthetic contemplation can be thought and realized in compositional terms. In doing so, composing with quotations will be at the center of my research interest, since a perspective uninterested in propositional understanding can be demonstrated in a particularly contrasting way. A particular focus will be on the shaping of time sequences and the paradoxical-dialectical relationship of repetition and process structures.
Internal Supervisors and External Advisors: Isabel Mundry (ZHdK), Jörn-Peter Hiekel (ZHdK).