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The Seminar of Aesthetics

A hand pressing strings. Photo.

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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See also Seminar of Aesthetics from 2009 to 2020


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Time and place: Oct. 12, 2022 4:15 PM6:00 PM, Aud. 2 Georg Sverdrups Hus, Blindern

In this lecture, Allison Morehead (Queens University) will discuss an interdisciplinary curatorial project that presents the work of Edvard Munch in the light of medical history.


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Time and place: Aug. 26, 2022 6:00 PM8:00 PM, Litteraturhuset, Amalie Skram-salen

In this lecture, Julia Bryan-Wilson (Columbia University) discusses how the question of embellishment and decor in recent art may change our conceptions of art history.

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Time and place: Apr. 28, 2022 3:00 PM5:00 PM, ON ZOOM

In this lecture, Larisa Dryansky (Sorbonne) discusses parallels between 1960s artistic investigations of the relation between image and object, materiality and illusion, and computer scientists’ simultaneous quest for building 3D images.

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Time and place: Mar. 31, 2022 10:00 AM12:00 PM, Forsamlingssalen, Harald Schelderups Hus, Blindern

In this lecture, Hans-Joachim Hinrichsen (U. of Zürich) discusses the significance of rhythm as a design feature in Bruckner's and Schubert's symphonies.

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Time and place: Nov. 9, 2021 2:00 PM4:00 PM, Aud. 5, Eilert Sundts Hus, Blindern
Time and place: Oct. 15, 2021 7:00 PM9:00 PM, ON ZOOM

In this lecture, Benjamin Bratton (University of California, San Diego) will discuss the ethics of being an object and what the pandemic should tell us about the biological reality of society

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Time and place: Sep. 15, 2021 6:00 PM8:00 PM, ON ZOOM

In this combined lecture and film screening, architect and filmmaker Liam Young (Los Angeles) takes us on a science fiction safari through an imaginary city for the entire population of the earth.

Tony Sampson
Time and place: June 18, 2021 3:15 PM5:00 PM, ZOOM

In this lecture, Tony D. Sampson (University of East London) will focus on two trends in neuroculture that influence the production of radical aesthetic experiences.  

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Time and place: Mar. 18, 2021 3:15 PM5:00 PM, JOIN ON ZOOM

In this lecture, Tom Holert (Harun Farocki Institut, Berlin) will discuss contemporary art's peculiar role as a provider and processor of knowledge and research.

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Time and place: Feb. 4, 2021 6:00 PM7:00 PM, SIGN UP FOR ZOOM LINK HERE

In this talk, Shannon Mattern (New School for Social Research, New York) will map out the urban infrastructural ecologies of pandemic retreat.