The Author

Tommaso Durante is a visual artist and a researcher. He moved from Italy to Australia in 2001 under a visa for ‘distinguished talent’ for art. Tommaso’s artistic production deals with a wide range of media, from sculpture-installations to artist’s books. He has an extensive international exhibition record in public and private galleries and museums, dating back to 1970s, which includes the creation of both permanent and temporary public artworks. His work is represented in public and private collections. From a broadly theoretical point of view, his academic research addresses the intersection of the social (global) imaginary with aesthetics and ideology through the lens of social and political theory. More specifically he is interested in theorising aesthetics of change through visual images, in developing critical approaches to visual flows and understanding the relationship between nation-state, ideological power and globalization processes. His research combines critical theoretical analysis with fieldwork and case study methods. He adopts a transdisciplinary approach, drawing on his background in art history and theory, extended to ‘urban iconology’. Amongst his main research projects carried out at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia from 2009 to 2013, there are The Visual Archive Project of the Global Imaginary (Globalization and Culture Program, Global Cities Research Institute), The Symbolic Construction of the Global Imaginary in Sydney and Melbourne (that lead to a doctoral degree in philosophy), and the Production of Innovative Multimedia Learning Objects for Global Studies Programs (School of Global, Urban and Social Studies).

Tommaso Durante

Tommaso Durante