Agora Lectures 2014 “Chaos and Cosmos”

May 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Bengt Gustafsson
Professor Emeritus in Theoretical Astrophysics


Agora Lecture on 12th August 2014
“From Cosmos to Chaos”

Uppsala University website/Theoretical Astrophysics

Bengt Gustafsson, now retired Professor in Theoretical Astrophysics of Uppsala University, is a specialist in stellar physics, working on the interpretation of stellar spectra to trace stellar evolution and the evolution of the Galaxy. He has also published papers on research ethics and on the effects of science and scientific world views  on culture and on society in general.  He has popularized science, in books, articles and numerous lectures, and has taken part in science theater.

Hannu Väisänen
Artist, Writer


Agora Lecture on 13th August 2014
“Creation under a curse.  Useful or useless?  How to demystify a creative process”

Official website

Hannu Väisänen (1951) is a noted writer, painter and graphic artist. He was awarded a Government Prize for Art in 2007. He has won the Finlandia Prize for Fiction. This award winning second volume of his series of autobiographical fiction The Other Shoes (Toiset kengät) describes childhood in northern Finland, in a town called Oulu. Väisänen has made illustrations for the Finnish national epic, The Kalevala. Hannu Väisänen moves smoothly between artistic fields, and Väisänen’s works can be found in the collections of several art museums. Väisänen lives and works in France.

Peter Greenaway

Agora Lecture on 14th August 2014
“The Cinema is Dead, Long Live the Cinema: Taming the Shrew of Chaos: Ordering the Frame & the Narrative”


Official website

Born in Wales and educated in London, Peter Greenaway trained as a painter for four years, and started making his own films in 1966. He now lives in Amsterdam. He has continued to make cinema in a great variety of ways, which has also informed his curatorial work and the making of exhibitions and installations in Europe from the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice and the Joan Miro Gallery in Barcelona to the Boymans van Beuningen Gallery in Rotterdam and the Louvre in Paris. He has made 12 feature films and some 50 short-films and documentaries, been regularly nominated for the Film Festival Competitions of Cannes, Venice and Berlin, published books, written opera librettos, and collaborated with composers Michael Nyman, Glen Branca, Wim Mertens, Jean-Baptiste Barriere, Philip Glass, Louis Andriessen, Borut Krzisnik and David Lang. His first narrative feature film, The Draughtsman’s Contract, completed in 1982, received great critical acclaim and established him internationally as an original film maker, a reputation consolidated by the films, The Cook, the Thief, his Wife & her Lover and The Pillow-book, and most recently by The Tulse Luper Suitcases. (




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