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Silvia Mazzini

Affiliated 12-14, Guest 10-12

Aesthetics, Dramaturgy, Political Philosophy


Silvia Mazzini studied Philosophy and Theatre Sciences in Milan. Her MA thesis in Aesthetics investigated the role of Tension in Goethe's Faust. In her PhD (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) she analyzed the points of intersection between Gianni Vattimo's weak-thought and Ernst Bloch's utopic philosophy of hope, in order to give a new interpretation of their political and aesthetic ideas. Next to her academic research (aesthetics, performative rhetoric, political and utopian thought, community theatre), she teaches courses at the Institute for cultural sciences, HU Berlin and at the FH Munich. At the ICI Berlin she elaborated her Project ‘The coherence of contradictions in Pier Paolo Pasolini’. She is co-founder of IF, an experimental theatre project in Italy, and works as dramaturge and theater author for different theatre companies. 

Current Project

Tradition and Transposition: Meeting Pasolini’s Saint Paul in Berlin

In the sixties and seventies writer and director Pier Paolo Pasolini planned to express in a film what intellectuals like Badiou and Agamben develop today in their philosophical works: showing ‘in the most direct and violent way the impression of [...] actuality’ of St. Paul of Tarsus. The movie was never made but Pasolini’s screenplay, which was published posthumously, shows his intention to tell the story of Paul of Tarsus in a faithful way. However, Pasolini chose to ‘replace the ancient sites of power, of civil and religious culture with Paris, London, Rome, New York’: because ‘the poetic idea’ of the film laid ‘in the transposition of St. Paul’s story into the actuality’.

Inspired by Pasolini’s ideas and works, a large community-theatre project is currently prepared in Berlin (Concept & project manager: Michael Kreuzer). Some of its districts will be identified in order to correspond to different stages of the journey of St. Paul. It is the final goal of this community-theatre project to stage the results of different urban interventions and other initiatives inspired by Pasolini’s never realized screenplay. In particular, during my research I intend to collect and develop different documentations, ideas, concepts and suggestions which will contribute to the dramaturgical reworking of the community theatre project. I will focus on identifying the various tensions that can arise from (potential) conflicts and / or contradictions – such as ‘actuality and holiness’(as Pasolini said), institution and revolution, tradition and innovation.

The Coherence of Contradictions in Pier Paolo Pasolini (2010-12)

Starting point of this project about Pier Paolo Pasolini is a thesis: the striking contradictions in his work must be interpreted as a distinguishing mark, and not as a flaw. Pasolini is mostly known as a film director but he was also a poet, novelist, essayist. In his films and writings, he fought against every form of absolutism. That can even be recognized in his style of argumentation, where every thesis evokes simultaneously an antithesis, without building a comforting, absolutistic and "totalitarian" synthesis. While most of Pasolini’s critics defined his work as irrational and incoherent, I intend to show how his ideas are organic and represent a kind of «multistable unity» - but without being a so called "synthesis of opposites". Therefore the goal of my project is a philosophical formulation of Pasolini's thinking, in form of an extended essay.



Für eine mannigfaltige mögliche Welt. Kunst und Politik bei Ernst Bloch und Gianni Vattimo, Frankfurt a.M., 2010.

Edited book

Giese, N.; Koch, G.; Mazzini, S. (eds.): SozialRaumInszenierung. Strasburg (Uckermark), forthcoming 2013.


‘Pasolini and India. De-and reconstructing a Myth’, in: The Scandal of Self-Contradiction: Pasolini's Multistable Subjectivities, Traditions, Geographies, Di Blasi, Gragnolati, and Holzhey (eds), Berlin and Vienna, p. 135-150.

‘As IF it would be a (real) community. Ein glokales Theaterexperiment’, in: SozialRaum-Inszenierung, in Ibidem.

‘Il castello (dis)incantato. Ovvero la peste del precariato’, in: Capodivacca, S. (ed.): In equilibrio precario. Esercizi acrobatici di filosofi pre-occupati, Milan, forthcoming 2013.

‘O teatro como nova Odisseia Espacial (Social)’ in: Schütz, R. – Zimmermann, R.E. (ed.): Crítica e utopia. Perspectivas brasileiras e alemãs, Porto Alegre 2012, p. 192-214.

‘Verità come potere. Gianni Vattimo e il compito (politico) del pensiero’ in: Bremer, T. – Titus, H. (Hg.): «Zibaldone. Zeitschrift für italienische Kultur der Gegenwart», 51/2011, p. 111-12.

‘Bloch und Pasolini. Das neue Opium des Volkes’ in Zeilinger, D. (ed.): VorSchein. 31/2010, p. 141-150.

‘Theater der Utopie – Utopie des Theaters’ in: Vidal, F. (ed.): Experiment Welt, Mössingen-Talheimer 2010, p. 110-115.

‘Dichterisch wohnt der Mensch auf dieser Erde…’ in: Zimmermann, R.E. (ed.): Aktuelle Bloch-Studien 2008/2009, Aachen 2009, p. 127-137.

‘Für eine konkrete Theaterutopie. Das Manifest für ein ‚zukunftistisches‘ Theater als gesellschaftliches Laboratorium der Möglichkeiten’, in Ibid., p. 166-181.

‘Looking for a house for a community. The Manifesto for a Futurable Theatre’ in: Koch, G.; Poppe, A. (eds.): KORRESPONDENZEN. Zeitschrift für Theaterpädagogik. 55/2009, p. 52-54.

‘Die wiedergefundene Dialektik. Ernst Bloch und Gianni Vattimo’ in: Zeilinger, D. (ed.): VorSchein 30/2008; p.88-96.

Encyclopedia Articles

‘Objektive Phantasie’ in Dietschy, B.; Zeilinger, D.; Zimmermann, R.E. (eds.): Ernst-Bloch-Wörterbuch. Berlin, De Gruyter Verlag, 2012, p. 416-434.

‘Kältestrom, Wärmestrom’ In Ibid., p. 224-231.


‘Non ricostruzione, ma nuova costruzione – Hannover dopo la Seconda Guerra Mondiale’, by Sid Auffarth, in: Gian Paolo Treccani (ed.): Storia Urbana, n. 129, a. XXXIII, 2010, 4, p. 121-154, translated from the German original.

‘L’utilizzo delle chiese: ideologia e conservazione dei beni culturali nel rapporto della RDT con le chiese distrutte dalla guerra’, by Henriette von Preuschen, in: Ibid., p. 155-170, translated from the German original.


At the Institute for Cultural Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Lecturer)

2012/13: Theatrum Mundi

2012:      ‘Beyond Comedy’

2011/12: ‘Beyond Tragedy’

2011:     ‘Oedipus-congress: Transformations of a Myths’

2010/11: ‘From Schopenhauer to incenses. Cultural bridges between India and Europe’ (with Dr. Janis Augsburger)

2010:     ‘Rhetorics as praxis.’ (s.a.)

2009:     ‘Pasolini’s works in political context’ (s.a.)

At the Institute for Political Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin, at the University of Applied Sciences Munich, at Diemedienakadiemie Berlin (Lecturer)

Since 2011:     ‘Rhetorics as praxis. Political and aesthetic aspects of performative speeches’

At the Dresden International University (Culture + Management) (Lecturer)

Since 2011:  ‘Aesthetics’

At the University of Applied Sciences in Munich (Visiting Professor)

2010/11:       ‘Social Space’ (Institute for Sociology)

2010/11:       ‘Ethics’ (Studium Generale)

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