Sven-Olov Wallenstein


Public Lecture
Thursday, 12 December 2013

This lecture is the Seventh lecture in the Autumn Public lecture series 2013-2014 "Staging the Message. The Architecture of Communication", and will be addressed by Stockholm based professor in Philoshopy Sven-Olov Wallenstein (see link below). In his talk Sven-Olov Wallenstein will speak about Noopolitics, one of his chapter in his forthcoming book:  Architecture, Critique, Ideology. Essays on Architecture and Theory.

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Architecture, Critique, Ideology addresses the past, present, and future of critical theory in architectural discourse. By means of readings of the writings of Manfredo Tafuri, the transformations of the image of the city in Robert Venturi and Aldo Rossi, the legacy of Henri Lefebvre and situationism, the debates around postmodernism, the projects and writings of Rem Koolhaas, the dialectic of utopia and heterotopia in Foucault, and the reemergence of vitalist philosophy in the current discourse of affectivity and the post-critical, it traces a genealogy of critical thinking from the 1960s to the present.

Arguing that critical theory must be reframed and opened up to other traditions, as well as to the notions of consciousness, experience, and subjectivity that once formed its basis, the book takes on an urgent task in contemporary philosophy and aesthetic theory. 


Sven-Olov Wallenstein

Sven-Olov Wallenstein is professor of Philosophy. His areas of research include aesthetic theory, with a particular focus on visual arts and architecture in modernism, German Idealism, phenomenology, critical theory, and modern philosophies of desire, power, and subjectivity. Works in progress include translations of Diderot's Salons and essays on art, Hegel's Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts, and Adorno's Negative Dialektik and Ästhetische Theorie (see also iaspis conference on Theodor W Adorno: Aesthetic Theory and Negative Dialectics, Friday 29 November - Sunday 1 December, Stockholm). Forthcoming in 2013: Architecture, Critique, Ideology: Essays on Architecture and Theory; Foucault, Biopolitics, and Governmentality (ed. with Jakob Nilsson), and an anthology of essays on Heidegger's philosophy of language and poetry (ed. with Ola Nilsson).

Through 2012 he is part of the research project Making Sense of aisthesis: The Return of Sensibility, with an investigation of the genesis of aesthetics in the eighteenth century. From spring 2012, he is the leader of the research project Space, Power, Ideology.

Since 2001, he is editor-in-chief of Site Magazine.

Selected publications:

Nihilism, Art, and Technology, diss. (Stockholm: Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University, 2010). 2nd revised ed. Axl Books, 2011.

Den svenska modernismen vid vägskälet / Swedish Modernism at the Crossroads / Der schwedische Modernismus am Scheideweg (Stockholm: Axl Books, 2009), with Helena Mattsson

Swedish Modernism, Architecture, Consumption and the Welfare State, Helena Mattsson, Sven-Olov Wallenstein (editors), Black Dog Archtecture, 2010.

Biopolitics and the Emergence of Modern Architecture (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2009)

The Silences of Mies (Stockholm: Axl Books, 2008)

Essays, Lectures (Stockholm: Axl Books, 2007)

Den moderna arkitekturens filosofier (Gothenburg: Alfabeta, 2004)

Den sista bilden: Det moderna måleriets kriser och förvandlingar (Stockholm: Eriksson & Ronnefalk, 2002)

Bildstrider: Föreläsningar om estetisk teori (Gothenburg: Alfabeta, 2001)

Heideggers väg (Stockholm: Thales, 1999), with  Daniel Birnbaum


Image: Times Square New York City, 2013. Roemer van Toorn