PAM 2018 - Cocktail & Talk mit Nan Mellinger, Olaf Nicolai & Gäs
All swans are white. What was considered a certainty in Europe until the 17th century should be changed by the first travel reports from Australia. In this country, the black or black swan is still a rare bird (Latin rara avis). Especially as a guest of a 5-star luxury hotel. In the Bayerischer Hof, a traditional grand hotel and the annual venue of the Munich Security Conference, a staging is created that blurs the boundaries between fiction and reality, fantasy and factual knowledge. Their starting point is the so-called Black Swan theory Nassim Nicholas Talebs. The analyzes of the financial mathematician and former Wall Street distributor explore the phenomenon of completely unimaginable or unexpected events and their profound effects on the prevailing world view.
The public part of the intervention takes place a few days after the hotel visit of a real black swan. On an unknown day, he resides in the Bayerischer Hof, incognito, as befits a VIP. Only documentation and discourse give the black swan a reality and at the same time make it the subject of imagination, speculation and knowledge transfer.
Productive insecurity is the motto of the cocktail reception on 19 May, which offers the opportunity for sensual experiences, unheard of thinking and momentous syntheses. The roof garden lounge, its terrace with a view over Munich and the formerly swan-inhabited suite of the Bayerischer Hof are the stage of the Black Swan Talks. Interested audience meets surprise guests, it's about facts and rumors about climate and environmental protection, species research, chance and futurology, artificial intelligence, astrophysics and para-science.
Don't forget: At a cocktail party punctual appearance is not expected, but leaving on time.
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