Marcus Steinweg: A note on power

Heiner Müller never stopped insisting that blindness is integral to experience. Art was a “blind practice” ,* “the blindness of experience” the “stamp of its authenticity” .** Everything that aims to bring about change is articulated as a blind power, and this refers to each and every dynamic force (dynamis is the Greek word for power) that destabilises the established dispositive – be it social, cultural or aesthetic – with the ultimate goal of redefining it. As a “tool to render reality impossible” ,*** art is this blind power/dynamic that resists existing programmes and perspectives. It is naturally characterised by a certain rawness, a lack of predictability and discipline:

“An experience that has been made cannot be given a name immediately – or else it would be no experience at all!” ****

* Heiner Müller, Schriften, Werke 8, Frankfurt a. M. 2005,  S. 244.
** Ebd., S. 218.
*** Ebd.
**** Ebd., S. 257.

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