20 March and 24 April on Lille Scene

a presentation by

Tor Lindstrand


November 2001 marked the starting point for the construction of the Copenhagen Opera House, a limestone, Sicilian Perlatino marble, maple wood, gold leaf, smoked oak extravaganza. The project was donated to the Danish State by shipping magnate A.P Møller. The final cost to realize ,“...a world class opera- and ballet house with an acoustic that sums up centuries of experience and the latest practical and scientific advances, combined with almost unthinkable technical solutions”, ended at €350 000 000. A significant amount of money, although not extraordinary, in the on-going trend of erecting large-scale, flag-ship projects for contemporary art. All these projects have one thing in common, they legitimate extraordinary architectural ambitions for the sake of promoting contemporary cultural activities. But what does this mean and how much is €350 million? This evening will trace the relationship between architecture, economy and culture. A jubilant evening that says Farewell to the hegemony of strong architectural signs and Hello! to the weak architecture of Coke light, fireworks, cheerleaders, t-shirts, confetti, alcohol and smoke machines. A presentation of Weak Architecture and Strong Questions.



Tor Lindstrand

is an architect, visual artist and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He is part owner of the office Larsson Lindstrand Palme. He founded International Festival with Marten Spangberg in 2004 as a long-term collaboration between architecture and performance. Raising questions surrounding distribution, accountability and ownership in specific social and economical contexts, Tor Lindstrand is active in many prominent international venues and was awarded Architect of the Year in 2007 by the Swedish Association of Architects.