9 June 2023
Heike Geißler's writing revolves around individual and social power relations. Starting from the unequal distribution of capital, precarious living and working conditions, or the strengthening of neo-fascist movements, Geißler's texts deal with existing, but also and above all: non-existing forces. They address exhaustion and powerlessness and investigate techniques for managing resources and making powers (re)available. The texts themselves are anything but powerless: they oscillate between lyrical and prose, between documentary and fictional writing - and thus reveal their inherent creative power through a strong will to form. Based on readings by the author from her most recent novel "The Week" (2022) and her publication "Liegen" (2022), subtitled "Exercise", we want to talk with Heike Geißler about whether powerlessness is a signum of our present, what the resistant potential of "Liegen" could be, and what effective power is inherent in literature.
Heike Geißler, born in 1977 in Riesa, is an author, translator and co-editor of the series "Lücken kann man lesen". Her publications include the reportage novel "Saisonarbeit" (Spector Books, 2014), the question booklet and radio play "Fragen für alle" (2016), the money "mani bucate money fest" (2017), the novel "Die Woche" (Suhrkamp, 2022) and "Liegen. Eine Übung" (Matthes & Seitz, 2022). Heike Geißler works in artistic collaborations, including the literary project "Check your habitus" curated by Daniela Dröscher (Sukultur, 2021) and in the "Kollektiv George Bele"; she has been a guest lecturer at the Kunsthochschule Kassel, the Institut für Sprachkunst an der Angewandten in Wien, and the Deutsches Literaturinstitut. Heike Geißler has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships and is currently living in Leipzig. She says of herself: "I fundamentally overestimate and underestimate my powers."
Organization: Barbara Bausch, Dr. Caroline Herfert, Gerd Micheluzzi, Prof. Dr. Cornelia Zumbusch
Moderation: Barbara Bausch
Time: Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Warburg-Haus, Heilwigstraße 116, 20249 Hamburg