STORY OF THE TOWER OF BABEL
Intrigued by the wealth of philosophical and artistic projects that have been inspired by the story of the Tower of Babel – in a sense the ultimate construction project, which was struck down by God for reasons that are yet unclear. Georges recalled that the great Swiss playwright, Friedrich Dürrenmatt had wrestled for some years with writing a tragedy based on Babel, eventually consigning the manuscript to his kitchen’s oven, while never relinquishing the idea of representing the magnitude of the tower and its fate. In a sense, what could have been a humiliating failure for Dürrenmatt, in terms of the professional commitment made to staging his Babel play, continued to fuel his creative work for the next forty years. This idea of productive failure has proven particularly intriguing.
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