Nikos Papastergiadis – Art and the Cosmopolitan Imaginary

Nikos Papastergiadis speaks about the globalization of culture and its meaning for people and institutions involved in the world of the arts.

The Australian scholar Nikos Papastergiadis speaks about aesthetic cosmopolitanism. He is professor for Cultural Studies and Media & Communications at the University of Melbourne. His current research focuses on the investigation of the historical transformation of contemporary art and cultural institutions by digital technology. In Summer 2010 he spoke at the Sommerakademie of the art museum Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland.

This is his speech about art and the cosmopolitan imaginary -in four parts of about 12 minutes each.

Norient would like to thank Nikos Papastergiadis and the Sommerakademie Zentrum Paul Klee for the permission to publish this speech.

Published on February 09, 2011

Last updated on April 05, 2020


Michael Spahr (VJ Rhaps) is a journalist and media artist. He was on the board of norient from 2008 until 2014. He developed the website He helped setting up the Norient Musikfilm Festival and was the co-director until 2014. He contributes with his video art to the audio-visual scientific media performances of norient. He is the host and DJ of norient’s monthly radio show Sonic Traces. He studied history in Bern and Amsterdam (MA 1998). Afterwards he started working for Dutch and Swiss video production companies and TV stations. Since 2003 he is a freelance film director and media artist. Since 2010 he works for the community radio station Radio Bern RaBe. At the moment he is the editor-in-chief of the news show RaBe-Info. His media art work is often interdisciplinary, interactive and is performed in real-time. He produces audio-visual live shows and interactive backdrops for concerts, theatre plays and art performances. His video art is shown in galleries all over the world. He lives and works in Bern (Switzerland).
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