The 1st in a series of annual conferences, DISPUTAZIUNS SUSCH 2017 took as a starting point the 500 anniversary of Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses or Disputation on the Power of Indulgences being sent to Albert of Brandenburg, the Archbishop of Mainz, in October 1517. The theme was also referring to the history of the location, the church in Susch, where in 1537 the original Disputaziuns Susch formed one of the 1st reformed protestant churches in Switzerland.
Chaired by Mareike Dittmer and with contributions by Jacqueline Burckhardt, Susanne von Falkenhau- sen, Jörg Heiser, Kasper König, Anda Rottenberg and Luc Tuymans — to name just a few of the participants - On Reformation and Standards of Thought was an invitation to debate what exactly happened in the early 16th century when concepts of magic, miracle, and divine intervention as epistemologies ceased to square with the burgeoning intellectual integrity of the time. Although the schism with the Roman Catholic Church initiated by Martin Luther and continued by Jean Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli, and other early Protestant Reformers in 16th century Europe had a core theological motivation, many other factors played a part, including the rise of nationalism, erosion of faith in the Papacy and the perceived corruption of the Roman Curia. Added to this was the new learning of the Renaissance and the impact of humanism. The Reformation’s religious aspects were supplemented by ambitious political agendas for power and control that signalled the beginning of the modern era.
By discussing images of power and the power of images DISPUTAZIUNS SUSCH 2017 started a tradition for intellectual encounters, assembling scholars, museum professionals and artists in the remote alpine location to engage in a collective exercise of constructive criticism and potentially to prepare for change.
All lectures and discussions of DISPUTAZIUNS SUSCH 2017 have been filmed and recorded:
Ivan Vyrypaev introduced his newest play, ‘The Iran Conference’, that is to premiere at Stanford University (CA) in spring 2018. Excerpts from the play, exploring the role of religion, discussing ethics of acting and thinking within given political scenarios and as part of our human condition are presented by actors Agata Buzek and Borys Szyc to starting off discussions at Disputaziuns Susch.
Luc Tuymans opened his studio in Antwerp for sharing his thoughts on Reformation and counter Reformation, taking us on a journey from the distrust in imagery over the deep web to the doll maker attitude of the portraitist. The film is based on a conversation with Mareike Dittmer and was premiered at Disputaziuns Susch on 28 October 2017.
Opened by a key note ‘On Sigmar Polke’s glass windows at the Grossmunster Zurich’ by Jacqueline Burckhardt (art historian, co-founder and editor of ‘Parkett’), the conversation between Susanne von Falkenhausen (art historian and art critic, professor emeritus Humboldt University Berlin), Kasper König (curator, founder and artistic director of Skulptur Projekte Münster 1977-2017), Miroslaw Balka (sculptor and video artist) and chaired by Mareike Dittmer.