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2009-08-25
BERTOLT BRECHT - THE GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN
Bertolt Brecht, Lindberghflug (1929), radio performance

Readings for Artworkers is a series of seminars at the Free/Slow University of Warsaw 2009. We refer to the tradition of open universities, self-education artistic groups and free education. LINK

Bertolt Brecht is one of the few artists in history who managed to merge political radicalism with artistic intransigence and mass popularity. The impact of his concepts definitely reaches beyond the realm of theatre and literature, which is confirmed by, among others, the next Istanbul Biennial, whose curatorial framework is based on the reference to Bertold Brecht’s oeuvre. Yet his dramatic works and theoretical writing is a must-read not only for the art lovers who will be visiting Turkey in autumn.

HOST
Tomasz Żukowski

READINGS:
B. Brecht, "The Good Person of Szechwan"
Bertolt Brecht, "K-Typus und P-Typus in der Dramatik"

Tomasz Żukowski was born on the 3rd of November 1969. Graduate of Polish Studies in Warsaw. He participated in seminars ran by Maria Janion and Michał Głowiński. In 2006 he defended his Ph.D. thesis on the images of Christ in the poetry of Aleksander Wat and Tadeusz Różewicz. Since 2001, employee of the Institute ofLiterary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in the Literature of the 20th and 21st Century Workshop. Interested primarily in literature on war and occupation, particularly pertaining to Shoah. Co-editor and co-author of the bookStosowność i forma. Jak opowiadać o Zagładzie?(Propriety and form. How to talk about Shoah?) devoted to descriptions of the Holocaust. His texts on the subject were published in “Pamiętnik Literacki”, “Teksty Drugie” and joint works. Apart from that, he dealt with the problems of public discourse. Between 2002 and 2004 he coordinated a research scheme into junior high school coursebooks in the context of the image of ethnic, religious and sexual minorities, conducted by the Open Republic Association. Involved in social and political journalism. Editor of socio-political quarterly “Bez Dogmatu”, constantly co-operates with “La Nouvelle Vague”, a semi-yearly magazine devoted to Central and Eastern Europe. His texts were published in “Przegląd” and on lewica.pl website. Employee at the School of Higher Vocational Education in Cultural Studies in Ciechanów. Together with Katarzyna Chmielewska and Michał Kozłowski, he ran a seminar at the Institute ofPhilosophy of the University of Warsaw for the last three years. Since 2001, secretary of the Jan Józef Lipski MA Thesis competition.