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art is something of the past - lecture with alain badiou and performance with trond reinholdtsen

  • Loftet 22 Skippergata Oslo, Oslo, 0167 Norway (map)


All events with Mr. Badiou have been cancelled due to family concerns. We apologize any inconvenience this might cause.

17h Lecture by Alain Badiou: What is contemporary art?

In this lecture, the acclaimed French philosopher Alain Badiou will discuss the nature of cotemporary art and the relationship between art and philosophy.

 18h Performance-lecture with Trond Reinholdtsen: The birth of the Opra through the crisis of contemporary music: The Norwegian Opra

During the last three years, composer Trond Reinholdtsen has been running his own opera house in a cheap ground floor apartment in a noisy street in Gamlebyen (check the official website of the The Norwegian Opra). Inspired by Wagner´s famous Festspielhaus in Bayreuth, Reinholdtsen did not only direct the opera house: he was also the main performer, composer, producer, caterer, PR-responsible and leader of the The Norwegian Opra´s workers union, thus exploring every aspect of the new institution in experimental artistic manner. Ten productions came out from this entreprise, among them Narcissus, Fitzcarraldo, Apocalypse and Cinderella.

 Followed by an open discussion with Alain Badiou, Trond Reinholdtsen, Nanette Nielsen and the audience.

The event is open for all and free of charge. 




Alain Badiou

Trained as a mathematician, Alain Badiou is one of the most original French philosophers today. Influenced by Plato, Hegel, Lacan and 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. Badiou 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 the European Graduate School, and is the Chair of the philosophy department the University of Paris VIII.


Trond Reinholdtsen


Graduated from the Norwegian Academy of Music. His first pieces were modernistic, complex works in the German style alongside other works by composers of the complexity generation. He has also made a name for himself as a singer in the group Nordic Voices. His music has developed in an extreme, performative direction; pure music is laced with various extra-musical forms of expression such as essayistic interpretations, live-camera filming and elements including statistical facts, face-making etc. – called “opra”. These higly original performances have been presented at festivals such as Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Donaueschinger Musiktage.