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Nikos Papastergiadis | The Inaugural John Berger Memorial Lecture

Professor Nikos Papastergiadis, member of mέta’s Advisory board, presented the Inaugural John Berger Memorial Lecture at the Greek Community of Melbourne on Thursday 18 November 2021. John Berger was an English art critic, novelist, painter and poet. His novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize, and his ground-breaking essay on art criticism Ways of Seeing, written as an accompaniment to the BBC series of the same name, is credited with transforming the way in which a generation looked at and understood art.

Nikos Papastergiadis is Director of the Research Unit in Public Cultures and Professor at the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne and Visiting Professor in the School of Art, Design and Media, at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Chair of the International Advisory Board for the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore. Co-chair of the Cultural Advisory Board for the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, Melbourne. His current research focuses on the investigation of the historical transformation of contemporary art and cultural institutions by digital technology. His publications include Modernity as Exile (1993), Dialogues in the Diaspora (1998), The Turbulence of Migration (2000), Metaphor and Tension (2004) Spatial Aesthetics: Art Place and the Everyday (2006), Cosmopolitanism and Culture (2012), Ambient Perspectives (2014),  On Art and Friendship (2020), The Museums of the Commons (2020) as well as being the author of numerous essays which have been translated into over a dozen languages and appeared in major catalogues such as the Biennales of Sydney, Liverpool, Istanbul, Gwanju, Taipei, Lyon, Thessaloniki and Documenta 13.