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.
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
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.
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.
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.
In this talk, Shannon Mattern (New School for Social Research, New York) will map out the urban infrastructural ecologies of pandemic retreat.
In this lecture, Erich Hörl, University of Leuphana, Lüneburg, discusses the timeliness of Bernard Stiegler's reflections on the time of suspension or "being-in-disruption" that define life in the Entropocene, understood as an un-time without world or epoch.
This event has been cancelled to prevent spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). In this lecture, Jennifer Wild (University of Chicago), will discuss image-making "from below" in the context of revolution, insurrection and technological change
In this lecture, Erik Steinskog (University of Copenhagen) will discuss afrofuturism in music and the relation between technology, aesthetics and history.
In this lecture, Whitney Davis (Berkeley) will discuss the evolutionary modernity of picture-making in the human species.
In this lecture, Luciana Parisi (Goldsmiths University) will present a critique of technology that, originating from within computational media, makes it possible to discover forms of machine thinking that cannot simply be conflated with machine functions.
Space Colonization in the Age of the Anthropocene is a one-day symposium organized in connection with the exhibition The Moon. From Inner Worlds to Outer Space at the Henie Onstad Art Center (15.02-19.05.2019). 50 years after the first manned moon landing, the exhibition brings together art, cinema, music, architecture, cultural history, design and natural history. The symposium addresses the advent of a new space age from a variety of perspectives. Speakers: Peter Adey, Lorenz Engell, Jill Stuart, Cath le Couteur and Stefano Catucci
In this lecture, Daniel Heller-Roazen (Princeton University) discusses questions raised by the image of missing persons in literature ranging from the classical and medieval to the modern age.
In this lecture, Spyros Papapetros (Princeton) will discuss how a ritual practice such as magic can inform the history as well as present-day techniques of art and architecture.
Composers and musicians George Lewis and Rolf-Erik Nystrøm present the results from the two-day Ultima Festical workshop exploring how contemporary music can promote aesthetic diversity.
In this lecture, McKenzie Wark (New School of Social Research, New York), revisits economist and philosopher Alexander Bogdanov's early 20th century theories on climate change in order to rethink labor with nature in the age of the anthropocene. The Friday lecture is followed by a Saturday seminar on the art and politics of The Situationist Times.
In this lecture, Patrick Jagoda (University of Chicago) will discuss "gamification" - the impact of game-mechanics on a variety of social and cultural practices - by focusing on the experimental nature of videogames.
The symposium will explore differing conceptions of love in the Western cultural context. Speakers are Simon May (Kings College, London) as well as Unn Falkeid and Christian Refsum (University of Oslo)
In this lecture, Aron Vinegar, professor at the Dept. of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, will explore the question of "holding forth" that emerged in Roland Barthes' late lecture courses at the Collège de France (1977-80)
In this lecture, Michael Marder, Ikerbasque Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country, will discuss the art and aesthetics of plant life. The lecture is open for everyone, and will be followed by an informal reception.