Boklansering, Forelesning

Image caption: Joachim Koester, Of Spirits and Empty Spaces (2012), 16mm film animation.

Yann Chateigné: The Night of Time

By invitation from the KHiO Doctoral Study Programme, French art writer, curator, and professor at HEAD—Genève, Yann Chateigné will share his research through a lecture and consecutive reading group. There will also be a book launch, in which Chateigné has contributed, by research fellow Marie Kølbæk Iversen

Time: Thursday February 14th, 13.00 – 17.00.
Place: Group room, KHiO Library, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Fossveien 24.
Sign up for (parts of or the entire) seminar by February 11th the latest via email to

Through the past years, Chateigné has carried out extensive research regarding what he terms “the night of time” in relation to (astronomical, astrophysical, artistic, metaphysical, and political) cosmologies. Through this lecture, he will explore how the history of conquest of space can be said to actively mirror the political history on Earth, including the history of Europe—how the flipside of ‘illuminated’ Enlightenment in the anti-form of nightly obscurity embodies the shady aspects of history through notions such as underground and counterculture.

Taking the Night as leitmotif, the lecture examines the methodological side of thinking through, in nightly terms, what remained in the shadows of history, in the “night of time:” The history of mysticism, witchcraft, the occult, as well as what can be called (with another cosmic term) ‘revolutionary’ movements.

The question is how to develop methods for engaging with such subjects matters, when their trace in history is close to invisible? In response to this, Chateigné ask whether this might be the ‘art part’ of the equation: To employ a certain measure of speculation to engage with various historically ‘light-sensitive’ forms of thought and knowledge?

Yann Chateigné has written the essay Untitled (moon with many eyes) for Marie Kølbæk Iversen’s new artist book Io/I, which was designed by Louise Hold Sidenius and printed in the KHiO Publishing Workshop during the Artistic Research Week. The book will be launched on the occasion of the seminar.


  • 13.00 – 13.15: short introduction to Yann Chateigné and his work by KHiO fellow Marie Kølbæk Iversen
  • 13.15 – 14.15: Yann Chateigné: The Night of Time
  • 14.15 – 14.30: short break
  • 14.30 – 16.30: reading group and discussion unfolding the different literary, scientific, artistic, and theoretical, resources underlying the research presented in the lecture.
  • 16.30 – 17.00: book launch


Yann Chateigné is a writer, curator, and professor at the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD–Genève). He previously has served as dean of Visual Arts at HEAD–Genève and chief curator at CAPC in Bordeaux. Previous projects include Bringing Something Back, Bergen Kunsthall (2018), Seismology, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013) and IAO. Psychedelic Explorations in France, 1968–∞, CAPC (2008). His writings appeared in Artforum, Frieze, Kaleidoscope, Mousse and Spike. In 2016, he coedited The Archive as a Productive Space of Conflict (Sternberg Press).

This event is arranged by the KHiO Doctoral Study Programme