Two academics begin a collaboration that turns out to be more fruitful and rewarding than almost any other in their field – but it’s a partnership that attracts jealousy. This scenario doesn’t take place in an open-plan office, but among three 20th century philosophers. The story is spotlighted in the latest episode of the Eclectic Engineering podcast. In it, artist and theorist Marie von Heyl examines philosopher Alain Badiou’s relationship with Gilles Deleuze and the jealousy Félix Guattari has towards this undeniably special collaboration. Eclectic Engineering manages to let the themes of philosophy, art, feminism and psychoanalysis come together in an intuitive way. The show is neither an exclusive medium for initiated experts nor a beginners guide. Marie von Heyl places the conversation, and the potential for collaboration, in the foreground. In doing so, she prompts questions that can only arise when the answers are not already predefined.
If you listen carefully, you feel how these themes and questions – which so far have been discussed with more than 20 people – unfold at their own pace, run their course and reunite. If you’re curious about jealousy and lust in philosophy or just want to see where these conversations carry you, give Eclectic Engineering a listen. It’s available wherever you get your podcasts.
Text: Felix Deiters / Photos: Artem Podrez, Cottonbro & MockupMaison
Based in Wedding, visual artist Felix Deiters’ work focuses on trans bodies. His artworks vary from observations drawn on a micro scale through to expansive installations.
Eclectic Engineering is available wherever you get your podcasts.