Bertram Niessen, researcher, teacher and electronic artist. I research, write, teach, design and advice about a wide range of topics: urban contexts, cultural economy, DIY 2.0 & desktop manufacturing, network economies and bottom-up innovation.
I’m the President and the Scientific Director of cheFare, a Milan-based organization for cultural transformation that runs a 150.000 euro prize for cultural innovation.
I’m a member of the Cultural Board of Casa della Cultura di Milano, of the Consulting Board of The Tomorrow, of the Advisory Board of the Master “Progettare Cultura” ALMED (Università Cattolica di Milano), of the Advisory Board of the “Festival Nuove Pratiche di Palermo“.
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 investigated visual dramaturgic representation of sound.
If you want to get in touch, just send an email: bertrammarianiessen (here type a “@”) gmail (dot) com