Aboagora 2014: Chaos and Cosmos

Aboagora 2014 discussed the multiple understandings of “chaos” and “cosmos”. Cosmos is not understood only as an “explanation of the world”, but also in a wider sense as “order”. Order and disorder – cosmos and chaos – are not mere counterparts, but sources of meaning for human creativity and the construction and deconstruction of the universe. They are paired categories; one cannot exist without the other, yet the boundary between chaos and cosmos remains ambiguous. Aboagora approached the interminable task of understanding multiple conceptualisations of chaos and cosmos by looking at the newest developments in cosmology, physics, big data, aesthetics, creativity, culture, religion and mythology. Aboagora explored this extremely rich subject, which has provided an inexhaustible ground for artistic and scientific exploration throughout the history of humankind.

Agora Speakers

Bengt Gustafsson, Professor in Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Uppsala

Agora: From Cosmos to Chaos

Hannu Väisänen, Artist, Writer

Agora: Creation under a Curse. Useful or Useless? How to Demystify a Creative Process

Peter Greenaway, Film Director

Agora: The Cinema is Dead, Long Live the Cinema: Taming the Shrew of Chaos: Ordering the Frame & the Narrative