The Seminar of Aesthetics

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Hand Photogram, 1925

The Seminar of Aesthetics is an interdisciplinary forum for new research at the intersection of aesthetic theory, philosophy and art.

Since 1988 the seminar has presented a long series of guest lecturers from all over the world, among them Paul Ricoeur, Jacques Derrida, Norman Bryson, Jean Starobinski, Julia Kristeva, Gayatri Spivak, Arthur Danto, Thierry de Duve, Sarat Maharaj, Michael Fried, John Rajchman, Boris Groys, Peter Kivy, Andrew Benjamin, Gianni Vattimo, Martin Seel, Hélène Cixous, Gernot Böhme, Gottfried Boehm, Mieke Bal, Peter Brooks, Eric Alliez, Wolfgang Ernst, WJT Mitchell, Hal Foster, Mark B. Hansen, Lorraine Daston and Mark Wigley.

The Seminar organizes a series of open public lectures every semester and is a collaboration between IFIKK, ILOS, IMV and IMK. Chairs: Ina Blom, Andreas Nilsen Ervik, Erling Guldbrandsen, Christian Refsum, Liv Hausken,  Eivind Røssaak, Knut Stene-Johansen and Ingvild Torsen.

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Time and place: Sep. 7, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Kunstnernes Hus

For the 2017 FORART lecture, Darby English (University of Chicago) will present topics related to 1971: A Year in the Life of Color (2016). In this highly original book, English discusses how black American artists in the early 70's experimented with modernist art and color theory in order to articulate cultural interaction and instability and gain freedom from overt racial representation.

Time and place: Sep. 6, 2017 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Cinemateket, Oslo

In this lecture, Robert Pippin (University of Chicago) will discuss the philosophical implications of unknowingness in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958), and its relevance for understanding late modern societies. The lecture is followed by a screening of Vertigo.

Time and place: Sep. 6, 2017 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM, Aud 2, Sophus Bugges Hus, Blindern

In this lecture, author and cultural historian Marina Warner (Birkbeck College) will discuss the medieval concept of sanctuary and how words helped define the character of a place and, with it, the rights of fugitives and other dislocated individuals.

Time and place: Apr. 28, 2017 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM, Cinemateket, Oslo

Tom Gunning (University of Chicago) and filmmaker Paul Kaiser will discuss moving images that shift  from the frame of classical cinema to the immersive framelessness and interactivity of virtual reality. The program includes the premiere of the Norwegian 3D film UIysses in the Subway (2016)

Time and place: Apr. 26, 2017 2:15 PM - 4:00 PM, Aud. 6 Eilert Sundt's Hus

In this double lecture session, Professor Grace Cheng (School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and Professor Louis Lo (Department of English, National Taipei University of Technology) will discuss the construction of Chinese art history and image/media theory.

Time and place: Mar. 3, 2017 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Aud. 3 Helga Engs Hus

The one-day symposium «Technologies of Space: Verticality, Volume, Infrastructure» interrogates recent calls across spatial disciplines to expand space and its mapping from horizontal, plane surface to vertical dimensionality and volume. Lectures by Mark Dorrian, Stuart Elden and Lisa Parks.

Time and place: Mar. 3, 2017 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Helga Engs Hus, Audiotorium 3

The one-day symposium «Technologies of Space: Verticality, Volume, Infrastructure» interrogates recent calls across spatial disciplines to expand space and its mapping from horizontal, plane surface to vertical dimensionality and volume. Lectures by Mark Dorrian, Stuart Elden and Lisa Parks.

Time and place: Jan. 28, 2017 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Kunsthall Oslo

The symposium inaugurates a research, exhibition, digitization and publication project devoted to The Situationist Times (1962-1967), a cultural magazine which experimented with topological approaches to contemporary and historical image cultures. Lectures by Tiziana Terranova, Eric de Bruyn, Mattew Fuller and Jacqueline de Jong, editor of the Situationist Times.

Time and place: Nov. 25, 2016 2:15 PM - 4:00 PM, Aud. 3 Eilert Sundts Hus

Trond Lundemo (Stockholm University) will discuss early film theory as archive theory; or - more precisely - the uses and abuses of film theory for thinking the digital.

Time and place: Oct. 14, 2016 10:00 AM - Oct. 15, 2016 3:30 PM, University of Oslo, Blindern

A two-day open public workshop on the philosophy of sculpture in its past and present forms. With Sherri Irvin, Andrei Pop, Jason Gaiger, Julia Peters, Fred Rush, Jonathan Gilmore, Robert Hopkins, Ingvild Torsen and Kristin Gjesdal.

Time and place: Oct. 13, 2016 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Aud 6, Eilert Sundts Hus, Blindern

Symposium in cooperation with the research group Traveling Texts, University of Oslo

Time and place: Sep. 9, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Litteraturhuset, Amalie Skram-salen

In this year's FORART lecture, Sianne Ngai (Stanford University) will present Theory of the Gimmick - her new book on the gimmicky artwork as a capitalist aesthetic category.

Time and place: June 1, 2016 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM, Aud. 5, Eilert Sundts Hus, Blindern

In this lecture, Tarek El-Ariss (University of Austin, Texas), will examine the question of leaking as a political practice (think WikiLeaks) as well as a fictional order involving storytelling and anticipation.

Time and place: Apr. 28, 2016 2:15 PM - 4:00 PM, Eilert Sundts hus, A-blokka: Auditorium 3

In this lecture Gertrud Koch will examine the relationship between the human body, technology and media considered through models of cooperation rather than antagonism.

Time and place: Apr. 6, 2016 7:00 PM, Kunstnernes Hus, Wergelandsveien 17

Kunsthistorisk Forening hosts this lecture on the occasion of the launch of Ina Blom's new book The Autobiography of Video. The Life and Times of a Memory Technology (New York: Sternberg Press, 2016).

Time and place: Mar. 31, 2016 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM, Aud. 5, Eilert Sundts Hus, Blindern

I denne forelesningen presenterer Knut Ove Eliassen et tema fra sin nye bok, Foucaults Begreper (2016), og tar opp spørsmålet om hva det vil si "å ville si sannheten".

Time and place: Jan. 19, 2016 6:00 PM, Litteraturhuset, Oslo (Amalie Skram-salen)

Book launch and panel discussion with Erling E. Guldbrandsen, Lars Petter Hagen, Natasha Barrett, Darla M. Crispin and Stan Hawkins. Musical performance by Tanja Orning, Anders Førisdal and Peter Edwards.

Time: Dec. 3, 2015

A one-day symposium on image technologies and imaging practices with Patricia Pisters (University of Amsterdam) Siegfried Zielinski (European Graduate School, Saas-Fee) and Matthias Bruhn (Humboldt University, Berlin).

Time and place: Nov. 19, 2015 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Eilert Sundts hus, A-blokka: Auditorium 3

In this lecture, Sean Cubitt, Professor of Film and Television at Goldsmith's University, London, will reconsider the political work of media aeshtetics in light of shifting understandings of the political and the aesthetic in the 21 century. Open to all.

Time: Nov. 5, 2015 10:15 AM - Nov. 6, 2015 7:00 PM

The Seminar of Aesthetics celebrates the 100th anniversary of Roland Barthes on November 5-6 with lectures, workshops and round-table debates focused on Barthes' 1977 lecture series Comment vivre ensemble (How to Live Together). The events will take place at the University of Oslo/Blindern and Litteraturhuset (see full program below).

Time: Nov. 5, 2015 - Nov. 6, 2015

The Seminar of Aesthetics celebrates the 100th anniversary of Roland Barthes on November 5-6 with lectures, workshops and round-table debates focused on Barthes' 1977 lecture series Comment vivre ensemble (How to Live Together). The events take place at the University of Oslo and Litteraturhuset (see program below). All lectures and workshops are open and public. No registration needed.

Time and place: Oct. 27, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Kunstnernes Hus

This year's FORART Lecturer is Tom Eccles, Director for the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York. He will discuss his evolving curatorial practice from public spaces in New York to experimental exhibitions, artistic production and monumental installations. 

Time and place: May 30, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Stenersenmuseet (Diorama)

In this lecture, Philippe-Alain Michaud (Paris) will discuss Aby Warburg's cinematographic approach to art history and the question of reactivating the past.

Time and place: Nov. 12, 2014 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM, Aud. U35 Helga Engs Hus, Blindern

In this lecture, part of the conference ‘Listening to the Twentieth Century and Beyond’, Charles Wilson (Cardiff University) will examine the idea of the ‘contemporary’ and the forms of attention it fosters in relation to music

Time and place: Nov. 4, 2014 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM, Aud. 4, Eilert Sundts Hus, Blindern

In this lecture, Branden W. Joseph (Columbia University) will discuss the films of American avant-garde filmmaker Paul Sharits (1943-1993) - a leading member of the so-called structual film movement.