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A presentation by the EU Centre at RMIT in conjunction with the Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia.
Abstract globalisation is mainly perceived and understood as an economic force, however an important aspect of the multidimensional process is that it is also a cultural and a visual-ideological phenomenon. The ‘global’ pervades and alters the urban social fabric through media representations and it has the symbolic power to transform urban spaces by creating the ‘global imaginary’ in a single place.
Although globalisation scholarship as an ‘objective’ phenomenon is greatly expanded, so far not much attention has been paid to the feature of its ‘subjective’ dimension.
In considering globalisation as a material and imaginary process, this lecture carries out an investigation in the sister cities of Melbourne and Milan from an aesthetics of global change perspective. Exemplified by a given body of digital-still images gathered in the Australia’s globalising city, Melbourne, and in Italy’s leading city, Milan, this presentation analyses and interprets a given body of images identified as ‘condensation symbols’ of globality through the lenses of social and political theory.
Tommaso Durante is an award-winning visual artist and a PhD scholar in the School of Media and Communication, a member of the Globalism Research Centre and a researcher in the Globalisation and Culture Program of the RMIT Global Cities Research Institute. He moved from Italy to Australia in 2001 under a distinguished talent visa for art. Tommaso is also a freelance lecturer of Art History and Theory (focused on Europe and Italy). His academic research addresses the global imaginary as a visual-ideological phenomenon through the perspective of aesthetics of global change and the lens of social and political theory.