Joey Skaggs to Present on Pataphysics

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Filed under: Prank News, Pranksters Editor Joey Skaggs will speak on Pataphysics: The Science of Imaginary Solutions at the Caeno Foundation’s Conference, What Was Old is New Again at ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Here’s a description of his presentation:
Pataphysics: The Science of Imaginary Solutions

What lies beyond metaphysics? A great deal for Alfred Jarry (1873-1909), a playwright and culture jammer who coined the term Pataphysics. It is a philosophy that takes in everything written and everything sung and everything done, and like metaphysics has the virtue of meaning whatever you want it to mean.

Pataphysics offers a voyage of discovery and adventure into realms where philosophers seldom venture, including art, activism, and onto the street. Dada, Futurism, Surrealism acknowledged the influence of Pataphysics, and nowadays the tradition is carried on by US-based ensembles Act-up/New York, Billboard Liberation Front, Yes Men, Cacophony Society, Negativeland, Improv Everywhere, Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. The biting satire of their parodies and absurd theater make effective social commentary

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