The notion of Catastrophe implies change, crisis or a definitive disaster, after which something will never be the same again: an event of the greatest transcendence for life or the system to which it refers. It means inevitable and irreversible transformation. A wide variety of connotations emerges from this simple definition, allowing us to address conjointly areas that otherwise are justifiably separated. We seek a multiplicity of themes and focus, an effect of dispersal.
For this symposium we have invited philosophers, artists, curators and writers to discuss the possibilities of an ancient, elusive term that has involved, at least since Aristotle, an element of drama –that is to say, of the theatrical. The catastrophic is first and foremost imaginary. […]