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CAN YOU PASS THE SALT, PLEASE?

Ein Gastmahl. Dinner, drinks and discussions on …

Taking up on the ancient Greek tradition of coming together to eat and drink while discussing philosophical questions, we would like to introduce a series of joint dinner-conversations at the Salon. Starting from both philosophical texts and personal experiences, stories and thoughts, we invite a number of guests to contribute to the evening’s diversity. Each guest will bring one story, thought or text, which they relate to the subject, and which will trigger the exchange of ideas and positions. In cooperation with Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga / Program.

#5 – Liability 04.04.2012 at 8 pm

Ein Gastmahl. Dinner, Drinks and Discussions on a Special Topic.
Access to this event is open, but limited. Please rsvp to info@salonpopulaire.de

Salon Populaire invites you to participate in an evening dedicated to liability. Taking up on the ancient Greek tradition of coming together to eat and drink while at the same time discussing philosophical questions, we are continuing our series of joint dinner-conversations at the Salon. In cooperation with Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga / Program, we chose liability as our fifth topic.

Referring to both the handling of rules and the relation to the public (law) or the private (behavior, ethics, morality), liability is characterized by ambiguity – an unavoidable responsibility related to the duty of care. Being a bourgeois value, it is essential for friendship but can be disastrous in blind trust, as in the cases of fanaticism and fascism.

Starting from both philosophical texts and personal experiences, stories and thoughts, we have invited a number of guests to contribute to the diversity of the evening. Each guest will bring one story, thought or text, which they relate to the miracle/wonder and use that as a starting point for an exchange of ideas and positions around and across the table.

Access to this event is open, but space is limited. Please rsvp to info@salonpopulaire.de.

#4 – Miracle 07.12.2011

With Spanish tapas and Paella by Marco Segurado from “You Don’t Tell it to Anyone”.

The topic of this fourth night is “the miracle/wonder“.

Miracles mark the boundaries of Western rationality, which is mostly shaped by Christianity and ancient philosophy of nature. The miraculous labels the extraordinary, as well as mysterious healings, incredible natural occurrences and the wondrous unknown, unexpected technical innovations, artistic ideas and even sheer coincidences. A miracle is a window onto the world from which art, science and technology have emerged – a window that draws attention to a deficiency or a gap that, as much as we might like to, we cannot close. With this evening, we would like to put the occidental world-view and its fragile interpretational skills up for discussion and compare our perspective with alternative points of view found in other cultures.

#3 – Notion of the gift 15.06.2011

With a surprise dinner by Elín Hansdóttir and Lynn Peemoeller

The third night’s topic is the “Notion of the gift“.  With the current abundance of objects and commodities, what is it that still persists in this tradition of exchange? Why do we still need an object to confirm a relationship? How can we rethink the gesture of gift-giving in its banality and what does it reveal about the role of gifts as mediators in the context of the social bonds of reciprocity?

#2 – Madness 23.02.2011

With a dinner by Forniture Pallotta.

The second night’s topic is “madness”. Madness terms a state of exception from so-called normalcy – temporary or permanent; mad people have at times been considered to speak the truth and be more farsighted than others, and there’s often only a thin line separating madness and genius… Hoping to delve into the productivity of the mad/insane/crazy.

#1 – Friendship 27.10.2010


With dinner cooked by Arvo Leo (David Lehmann)Our first topic, “friendship”, evolves from the Salon’s own setup. Friendship traverses the private and the professional realm, and we usually connect it to trust, fidelity, and solidarity. But to be a friend also includes being the friend’s “favorite enemy”, his or her harshest critic. How does friendship structure our daily relations?