Annual theme “Excess“
Interdisciplinary Lecture Series (WS 2019/20)


8 January 2020

Excess and Ecstasy

Gisèle Vienne, Jules Evans


Jules Evans


Jules Evans is an author, broadcaster and philosopher. He is a research fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London, where he explores the history and philosophy of ecstatic experiences. Besides he works as presenter for Radio 4 and Audible, and organizes the London Philosophy Club, the largest philosophy club in the world. His commitment to widening public engagement with scholarship was reflected in his being named a BBC New Generation Thinker. He has authored several books, among which Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations (Rider, 2012); The Art of Losing Control (Canongate, 2017); and Holiday From the Self: An Accidental Ayahuasca Adventure (2019). He blogs at


Gisèle Vienne is a Franco-Austrian director, artist and choreographer. After graduating in Philosophy, she studied at the puppeteering school Ecole Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette. She works regularly with, among others, the writers Dennis Cooper, the musicians Peter Rehberg and Stephen O'Malley, and the light designer Patrick Riou. Since her company was founded in 1999, 14 shows have been created. She has choreographed and directed, in collaboration with the writer Dennis Cooper, I Apologize (2004) and Une belle enfant blonde / A young, beautiful blond girl (2005), Kindertotenlieder (2007) and Jerk, a radioplay in the framework of the “Atelier de Création Radiophonique” of France Culture (June 2007), the play Jerk (2008), Eternelle Idole (2009), This is how you will disappear (2010), Last Spring: A Prequel (2011), Showroomdummies #3, a rewriting of the piece created in 2001 with Etienne Bideau-Rey that is now part of the CCN-Ballet de Lorraine repertoire, The Pyre (2013), The Ventriloquists Convention (2015) in collaboration with Puppentheater Halle, and Crowd (2017). Since 2005, she has been frequently exhibiting her photographs and installations. Together with Dennis Cooper, Peter Rehberg and Jonathan Capdevielle she published the audio book Jerk / Through Their Tears (DIS VOIR, 2011, in French and English), and in collaboration with Dennis Cooper and Pierre Dourthe, the book 40 Portraits: 2003–2008 (P.O.L, 2012). Currently Vienne is working on a show based on Robert Walser’s short story “Der Teich”.