In addition to presenting artists and events featured in the festival, Ultima Academy strives to place ideas and discourse around contemporary music in a broader social and philosophical context. Exploring this year’s festival theme, Nation, Ultima Academy has invited distinguished artists, critics and scholars to discuss concepts of power, ideology, and cultural identity and their connections with artistic practice and ethics. Among our guests are philosophers Antonio Negri andAlain Badiou.
Antonio Negri´s lecture at Ultima Academy on 14 September will deal with the historical origins of the concepts of nation and national identity and their meaning today. On the same today, the slovenian artist collective Laibach will talk about their latest project for Ultima, a new version of Grieg´s unfinished opera Olav Trygvasson.
Alain Badiou´s lecture on 16 September 2014 will center on ethical questions concerning artistic practice within society and will be introduced by a reading of excerpts of his work “The Republic of Plato” bystudents from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
Antonio Negri is an Italian sociologist, scholar, revolutionary philosopher and teacher. He studies anti-capitalism, postmodernism, noeliberalism and democratic globalization Very active within Marxist worker´s movements in the 50s and 60s, Negri has spent several years in prison and then in exile in Paris, where he taught philosophy courses at the Université de Paris VIII (Saint Denis), with among others Deleuze and Guattari, and at the Collège International de Philosophie, founded by Jacques Derrida. Many of his most influential books were published while he was behind bars. He is most well known for his groundbreaking work Empire, which he wrote with Michael Hardt in 2000. He now lives between Venice and Paris.
Read more about Negri´s publications here and watch the documentary above to know more about his life and activism.
Trained as a mathematician, Alain Badiou is one of the most original French philosophers today. Influenced by Plato, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Jacques Lacan and Gilles Deleuze, he is an outspoken critic of both the analytic as well as the postmodern schools of thoughts. His philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the potential of radical innovation (revolution, invention, transfiguration) in every situation. Much of Badiou's life has been shaped by his dedication to the consequences of the May 1968 revolt in Paris. He is the author of several successful novels and plays as well as more than a dozen philosophical works. Badiou currently holds the Rene Descartes Chair at theEuropean Graduate School, and is the Chair of the philosophy department the University of Paris VIII.
Read more about Alain Badiou´s life and publication here. Below a video from a lecture on art and politics given in Berlin in 2008.
Biographical information taken partly from the homepage of the European Graduate School.