Founder and Host of Schwelle Sydney, Artistic director as well as Producer of the Festival on the Art of Lust - Xplore Sydney. Peter is also member of the Philosophy Research Initiative at the University of Western Sydney, where he has also lectured and tutored in the School of Humanities and Languages.
In September 2009, Peter Banki defended his Ph.D in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at New York University. His Ph.D dissertation, “The Forgiveness to Come: Dreams and Aporias”, addresses the difficulties posed by the Holocaust for a thinking of forgiveness inherited from the Abrahamic (i.e. monotheistic) tradition. As a way to approach these difficulties, he explores the often radically divergent positions in the debate
on forgiveness in the literature of Holocaust survivors.
In the course of his education, he has worked under the guidance of some of the major figures of contemporary theory within the European tradition, including Jean-Luc Nancy, Werner Hamacher and Avital Ronell. He has published articles in refereed journals both in French and English on the work of figures such as Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Derrida, Martin Heidegger and Jean-François Lyotard, and has been the recipient of fellowships from the DAAD, the Leo Beack Intitute in New York and the Free University in Berlin. More information about his published and unpublished writings can be found at www.peterbanki.com
Peter has also invented several workshops and other events at Schwelle7 in Berlin. These include Fear Rituals (2006), The Reading Group (2007), Cultural Trauma (2007-2008), Queer Weekend: Romantic Life Performance (2008), Plush Animal Fetish (2008), The Poetry of Listening (2010). With the assistance of Felix Ruckert, he turned Ph.D research into a performance, entitled To Forgive the Unforgivable: A ‘Philosopher’ Who Wants To Dance (2009). To Forgive the Unforgivable has been performed several times at Schwelle7 and also in Sydney at the Medium Rare Art Gallery in Redfern.
Prior to working with Felix Ruckert, he worked in New York with Daniel Lepkoff, one of the founders of contact improvisation. He began dancing in Sydney in 1997 with Annetta Luce, who taught him to feel his feet. Since 1999 he has sustained a regular practice of Iyengar Yoga. He is currently learning Brazilian guitar in Sydney with Mestre Jerônimo, with whom he has played Capoeira for many years.