Bertram Niessen, researcher, teacher and electronic artist. I research, write, teach, design and advice about a (somehow) wide range of topics: urban contexts, cultural economy, DIY 2.0 & desktop manufacturing, network economies and bottom-up innovation. At the core of everything there is an interest for the matching points of culture, technology and society, and the belief that there is the need for new forms of social and political action.
In 2012 I was the designer and project manager of cheFare, a 100.000 euro contest for cultural innovation projects.
As a sociologist I teach since 2003 in several graduate and post-graduate courses of methodology, sociology of culture, urban sociology and new technologies for social sciences. In 2009-2010 I was a post-doc researcher at the University of Milan (UNIMI) working on the EU projects EDUFASHION and Openwear, dealing with P2P economies, crowdsourcing and fashion. Previously, I hold a PhD in Urban European Studies at the University of Miano-Bicocca (UNIMIB); my research in urban sociology investigates the relationships among city, creative economy and social innovation processes, with a focus on artists co-optation in post-fordist economies.
In 2001 I was a founding member of the Milan-based experimental collective otolab with whom I investigate visual dramaturgic representation of sound. I teach Audiovisual Performance at NABA in Milan and in seminars, workshops and courses around.
If you want to get in touch, just send an email: bertrammarianiessen (here type a “@”) gmail (dot) com