Tuesday 9th August 2016, 8:00pm
Session 163: “The Parasite” by Michel Serres
During this Theory Tuesdays session, Michael Roloff and Mark Tholander were visiting from Aarhus, Denmark to present a text and lead discussion. Since early 2015, both Roloff and Tholander have organized and coordinated “Teoretiske Tirsdage”, the Danish version of Theory Tuesdays, at the art space “rum46” in Aarhus.
We discussed a text about satyrs, athletes, wrestlers, gods and a blind man – figures that seem to have little in common with each other but all play a role in Michel Serres’ book “The Parasite” (Johns Hopkins Univ Press, 1982). What is his concept of parasitism, how does it connect these figures – and how can it be used to discuss human relations as well as other systems? One quickly realises, when reading just a few lines of “The Parasite”, that Serres doesn’t explore these question in a classical philosophical way.