Luca Taddio, Wittgenstein’s House. Space and Architecture
«Working in philosophy – like work in architecture in many respects – is really more a working on oneself. On one’s interpretation. On one’s way of seeing things. (And what one expects of them)» (Culture and Value, §16). The relationship between philosophy and architecture finds, in the Stonborough House planned by Wittgenstein on the Kundmanngasse, a unique case of its kind, intertwining the life and work of the philosopher with the concrete realisation of an architectural work.
What emerges immediately is the problem of how to understand the relationship between this work and his thought: whether it contains a philosophy and, if it does, in what it consists. We intend to examine the relationship between labour in Wittgenstein’s architectural work and labour in philosophical work, with the view to discuss the very concept of aesthetics.
Luca Taddio’s main interests are visual studies and theory of perception. He has been teaching Aesthetics at the University of Udine and Mind-Body problem and A.I. at the University of Trieste. He is director of series of books (among them: “Volti”, “Filosofie” and “Sx”) and he is editor of collections like P. Bozzi, Un mondo sotto osservazione (2007), W. James, Empirismo radicale (2009), E. Severino, La guerra e il mortale (2010), José Ortega y Gasset, Meditazione sulla tecnica (2011), Quale filosofia per il Partito Democratico e la Sinistra (2011), and of two books on Aesthetics of Architecture Costruire Abitare e Pensare (2009) and Città Metropoli e Territorio (2012).
He wrote some philosophical short stories published in Spazi immaginali (2004). He is also author of Fenomenologia eretica (2011), L’affermazione dell’architettura (with Damiano Cantone, 2011), Global Revolution (2012) I due misteri (2012), Verso un nuovo realismo (2013). He is Managing Director on Mimesis Publishing together with Pierre dalla Vigna.
Dario Gentili, Void, chóra, räumen: Spaces of evacuation
My speech is inspired by the comparison between Jacques Derrida and Daniel Libeskind (including, in the background, even Peter Eisenman) on the concept of “emptiness”. In order to avoid to come back to the “metaphysics of presence”, although declined as a “presence of absence”, Derrida insists on the need to distinguish between the terms “emptiness” and “void”, claiming that void is not to be reduced to “emptiness”, and suggests that the difference between emptiness and void would correspond, in Plato, to the difference between emptiness and chóra.
In fact, the term “void” comes from the Latin “vacuum” and means “vacant”, “devoid of” form, identity, location, appearance and presence. So, the active sense of “to void” allows to consider some spaces as “spaces of evacuation”, that implies also a particular juridical meaning.
It would be extremely interesting to note that the German räumen, a pivotal concept in Walter Benjamin’s and Martin Heidegger’s reflection on the space, is very similar to the semantic spectrum of “to void”. My aim is, therefore, investigating the constellation void-chóra-räumen and so, from the point of view of architecture and conception of space, shedding a special light on the comparison between Derrida, Benjamin and Heidegger.
Dario Gentili (Napoli, 1975) has a PhD in Ethics and Political-Legal Philosophy from the University of Salerno. He did his post doctorate research in Philosophy and the History of Ideas at the Sum (Italian Institute of Human Sciences), Florence, and received a DAAD post doctorate grant to work with the Walter Benjamin archives in Berlin. He became a Research Fellow at the Sum (Italian Institute of Human Sciences) and in Autumn 2014 he was Visiting Researcher at Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf.He currently has an Honorary Fellowship in Moral Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, University of Roma Tre.
Main publications: Il tempo della storia. Le tesi “sul concetto di storia” di Walter Benjamin, Guida, Napoli 2002; Topografie politiche. Spazio urbano, cittadinanza, confini in Walter Benjamin e Jacques Derrida, Quodlibet, Macerata 2009; Italian Theory. Dall’operaismo alla biopolitica, Il Mulino, Bologna 2012. He also edited Daniel Libeskind, La linea del fuoco. Scritti, disegni, macchine, Quodlibet, Macerata 2014.