How to Sell a Contradiction

Saturday, 4 May 2019, 12.15-13
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin

A cross-discipline exploration of contradictions and paradoxes, and some of the fears and desires they unleash. A talk by Alice Cannavà that (playfully) explore some aspects of the recently born paraconsistent logics, and the occurrence of contradictions in several fields – mathematics, visual arts, literature, and more. What is so scary about contradictions, and in which situations can they actually be helpful and appreciated? Part of the Conceptual Poetics Day 2019.

I’m a man without conviction,
I’m a man who doesn’t know
How to sell a contradiction.
– Culture Club, “Karma Chameleon”

We are the same and yet different.
We are the same and yet different!
We are different and yet the same and yet different and yet the same and yet different and yet the same … Mama! Mama! Come get me!
– Nanni Moretti, “Palombella Rossa”

The falseness of a judgment is for us not necessarily an objection to a judgment; in this respect our new language may sound strangest.
– Nietzsche, “Beyond Good and Evil”

Nothing is true, everything is permitted.
– alleged last words of Hassan-i Sabbah