Gerald Hüther | Wolfgang Rihm et al.

“Joy: Elixir of Life”

Sun, 16.08. | 17.00 | No. 20302

KKL Luzern, Auditorium

Reduced price for youths up to the age of 17.

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Summer Festival – Cancelled

14.08.-13.09. 2020





    Gerald Hüther | Wolfgang Rihm et al.

    Round Table with
    Gerald Hüther brain researcher
    Terézia Mora writer
    Wolfgang Rihm composer

    Martin Meyer Director of the NZZ Podium

    “Joy: Elixir of Life” (in German)

    There is a philosophy of joy, but few think about it so abstractly. We experience joy as feeling, in all its immediacy. When it arrives, joy is simply there. With our bodies, we also experience joy as a feeling that needs to be expressed, whether out loud through laughter, cheering, and shouting or in a more restrained way, by smiling. Suffering is a different matter. It often comes along insidiously and makes us want to justify it. This is how thinking sets in, leading into depths that can even become unfathomable. Physically, suffering turns us inward: we harden, become stiff, grow silent. If we feel big when experiencing joy, suffering makes us feel small. Moments of joy are precious and transient, which is why it has been task of the fine arts, music, literature, and painting, to make them last. Representing joy, however, is likely the more difficult aesthetic challenge. The effect quickly seems uplifting and boring. Of evil, on the other hand, we cannot get enough. It is no accident that in his Divina Commedia, Dante embellished his description of hell far more attentively than he did that of heaven.