- Panos Kompatsiaris has been at HSE since 2015.
I work in the intersection of art theory, cultural studies and media theory, focusing on the broader politics of culture in capitalist societies. I have published articles and book chapters on contemporary art biennials in Europe, work and artistic labour in the creative industries, representations of ethnic minorities in Greek film, art and populism, working class representations in the work of Aki Kaurismäki and the predicaments of celebrity activism. I have recently completed a book on contemporary art biennials (The Politics of Contemporary Art Biennials: Spectacles, of Critique, Art and Theory, Routledge, 2017). My areas of interest/ potential supervision include: contemporary art; art institutions; visual culture; sociology of culture; institutional critique; cultural minority representations; work and labour in capitalism.
Education and Degrees
PhD in Art Theory
University of Edinburgh
Thesis Title: Curating Resistances: Crisis and the limits of the political turn in contemporary art biennials
Master's in Visual Culture
University of Edinburgh
Degree in Economics
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Student Term / Thesis Papers
K. Zemel «Archetypal Plots in Modern TV Series (on the example of HBO and Netflix Series)». Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design, 2018
P. Pugacheva «Inclusive Theatre and Representation of Disability Culture in Media». Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design, 2017
- Art, Politics and Ideology (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design; programme "Media Communications"; 4 year, 2 module)Eng
- Contemporary Art and its Politics: Visual Culture, Social Practice and Activism (Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design; programme "Media Management"; 1 year, 3 module)Eng
- Contemporary Art and its Politics: Visual Culture, Social Practice and Activism (Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design; programme "Transmedia Production in Digital Industries"; 1 year, 3 module)Eng
- Contemporary Art and its Politics: Visuality, Activism and the Social Turn (Master’s programme; Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design; 1 year, 3 module)Eng
- Crafting Values in Art and Creative Industries (Master’s programme; Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design; 1 year, 3 module)Eng
Articles and book chapters9
- Article Kompatsiaris P. Contemporary art and left-wing populism: the Artist Taxi Driver as working class ideology // Journal of Visual Art Practice. 2018. P. 67-80. doi
- Chapter Kompatsiaris P. Dreamers and Other Sentimental Fools: Money, Solidarity and Ambivalent Populism in the Films of Aki Kaurismäki, in: The Films of Aki Kaurismäki: Ludic Engagements. Bloomsbury, 2018. Ch. 6. P. 101-118. (in press)
- Article Kompatsiaris P. Whitewashing the nation: racist jokes and the construction of the African ‘other’ in Greek popular cinema // Social Identities. 2016 doi (in press)
- Article Kompatsiaris P. Art Struggles: Confronting Internships and Unpaid Labour in Contemporary Art // Triple C: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. 2015. Vol. 13. No. 2. P. 554-566. doi
- Chapter Kompatsiaris P., Mylonas Y. The rise of neo-Nazism and the web: social media as platforms for racist discourses in the context of Greek economic crisis, in: Social Media, Politics and the State: Protests, Revolutions, Riots, Crime and Policing in the Age of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (Routledge Research in Information Technology and Society). Routledge, 2015. P. 109-130.
- Article Kompatsiaris P. Curating Resistances: Ambivalences and Potentials of Contemporary Art Biennials // Culture, Communication & Critique. 2014. Vol. 7. No. 1. P. 76-91.
- Chapter Kompatsiaris P., Mylonas Y. The rise of Nazism and the Web: Social media as platforms of racist discourses in the context of the Greek economic crisis, in: Social Media, Politics and the State: Protest, Revolutions, Riots, Crime, and Policing in the Age of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. L. : Routledge, 2014. P. 109-130.
- Article Kompatsiaris P. ‘To See and Be Seen’: Ethnographic Notes on Cultural Work in Contemporary Art in Greece // European Journal of Cultural Studies. 2014. Vol. 17. No. 5. P. 507-524.
- Article Kompatsiaris P. Novelty and the politicization of the creative field: Creative labour and the poetics of the ‘open work’ // Critical Contemporary Culture. 2012. Vol. 1. No. 1
Center for Experimental Museology, Moscow
Innovation Initiative Grant, The University of Edinburgh Development Trust (https://craftingvalues.wordpress.com/)
PhD Fellowship, Greek State Scholarship Foundation (I.K.Y)
Originally from Greece, Pános Kompatsiáris was attracted to join the Higher School of Economics because of the university’s reputation for exceptional working conditions and fostering career development. Having spent the last ten years in a variety of cities, including Edinburgh and Berlin, Professor Kompatsiáris brings his background in economics, cultural studies and art theory to his current position as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design at HSE.