Life Lecture is by created and written by Joshua Sofaer.
Illustrations by Goh Ideta.
The Dramaturg and Editor in Chief is Sibylle Peters in cooperation with the Interactive-Science-Program / ZMI Giessen. Life Lecture is published and distributed by Live Art Development Agency, London. Webdesign and authoring by Platform3.
"...childhood is given almost no discussion and, more significantly, allowed no influence on adult personality or behaviour..."
"...faced with this world of faithful and complicated objects..."
"For many years I claimed that I could remember things seen at the time of my own birth."
"Put yourself in the child's place for a minute."
"The horror of my boyhood was that I knew a time would come when"
"I think that the hallucination of an ideal family..."
"To be at all is to be her Philip..."
"In front of the photograph of my mother as a child..."
"...the more I think about it, the more I believe [my father] thought the only hope for me as a man"
"This is pretty much the tradition, everyone's used to it. Some people see it as a sexist tradition..."
dreams & fictions
"I ought to give a different name to each of the selves..."
"I thought - as you do when you read a very long book - how am I going to live without this?"
"We do not include the pleasures we enjoy in sleep..."
"Although the study of dream-symbols is far from being complete..."
"I had a dream that I was on a soccer team..."
places & objects
"Inside this house, I have felt safe for the first time."
"The function of the heirloom is to weave, quite literally..."
"I certainly believed, rocking my daughter on this Wednesday afternoon..."
"The Photograph does not call up the past..."
"The mug was pale blue porcelain; a delicate floral design..."
"I don't know where the break is in the threads that tie me to my childhood."
"My two earliest memories are not entirely implausible"
"Life is not what one lived, but what one remembers"
"There is no continuous identity between these [personal souvenir] objects and their referents."
"The past is hidden somewhere outside the realm, beyond the reach of intellect..."
"We cannot tolerate the ambiguity of human existence..."
"Interestingly, in everyday affairs, one is not always aware..."
"Will you tell me, Bartleby, where were you born?"
"I get jealousy attacks all the time."
"Marvell compared his friend Milton to Tiresias."
"I have never known who I really was. From where I stand now..."
"The souvenir of [this personal] type is intimately..."
"Anything is an autobiography..."
"You know one of the things that gets me hot is having a Q-tip in my ear."
"If she had seen me, what could I have represented to her?"
"Then comes the second phase, very soon after the first"
"Some company recently was interested in buying my aura."
"The other one, the one called Borges, is the one things happen to."
"Do you see a separation between your professional 'persona' and your private self?"
"...the proper name operates improperly in that it can still operate"
"... the proper name is only"
"...the proper name [...] has other than indicative functions."
"I took a new Christian name by statutory declaration"
"Thus was wafted to my ears the name of Gilberte..."
"...[autobiography is] a retrospective prose narrative"
"My horoscope, cast by a neighborhood astrologer..."
"Death is an act that can only achieve..."
"When I reflected that [the] trees - pear-trees, apple-trees, tamarisks - would outlive me..."
"I really do live for the future, because when I'm eating a box of candy..."