Theatre de l’absurde (Prequel)23 July - 27 August
- THÈÂTRE DE L'ABSURDE (PREQUEL)
July 23- August 27, 2016
Athanasios Argianas, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Shezad Dawood, Aukje Dekker, Ara Dymond, Maurice van Es, Steven van Grinsven and Seán Hannan, Brendan Anton Jacks, Thomas van Linge, Lucebert, Kristin Nordhøy, Gino Saccone, Shoe, Douglas White The Myth of Sisyphus
by Albert Camus could be seen as the ultimate illustration of the absurdity of human life. The essay’s philosophical starting point is life’s total absence of sense or meaning: If God is dead, as Nietzsche affirms, and there is nothing to long for anymore, what exactly is the meaning of mankind? What is the intrinsic value of life if we have nothing to prove; nothing to wait for; nothing that can actually make every moment or gesture worth of existing?
Camus doesn’t try to find a possible sense to life; he actually takes the absence of it as a given fact, even thought this will reveal itself to be a contradiction, as we will later see. The question he poses is another: once we have accepted the lack of meaning in our life, is it still worth living? Camus addresses the concept of suicide as a philosophical and metaphysical phenomenon, using Sisyphus as an example casus.
Sisyphus, a figure from the Greek mythology, is condemned by the Gods to repeat forever the same meaningless task of pushing a rock up to a mountain, only to see it roll down again. Sisyphus is taken in this case as a symbol, the personification of the search for meaning: over and over again, he persists in pursuing his task, patiently, well aware of the total lack of sense of it. Then why, lost in this worthless destiny, doesn’t Sisyphus consider suicide? Camus’ answer is given only at the end of his essay, with this quote:‘The struggle itself [...] is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy."