Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism

I’m not interested in this idea of the world that can be captured, either through a comprehensive encyclopedic view or that is perceived from a particular vantage point. On the contrary, I’m going to talk about a sense of the relationship between the work that art makes and the world that exists in the work of art – as a dynamic interplay, as something that is mutually co-constitutive. Art makes its world as it engages with the world. This is in contrast to the sense that art gives you a view of the world.

Watch the video below to hear the rest of Nikos Papastergiadis’ keynote speech at The World Biennial Forum in 2012.

Nikos Papastergiadis will present his paper “The Cosmopolitan Scene in Contemporary Art” as part of the Critical Cosmopolitanism panel this Saturday, alongside Marsha Meskimmon.

About SE

Sandra Evoughlian is currently completing her Master’s in Art History at McGill University. For her thesis project, she seeks to investigate contemporary artists who materially and infrastructurally act upon architecture through installations as a way to build and contest collective memory. Interested in questions around cultural heritage, co-creation, and knowledge transfer, Evoughlian has experience in public programming, including an internship at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She has also worked as a research assistant at McMaster University, and as a curatorial assistant at Art in the Workplace, McMaster Innovation Park.