Francesco Spampinato

Francesco Spampinato is a contemporary art and visual culture historian, writer and artist. He holds two degrees from the University of Bologna, in Preservation and Art History, and an MA in Modern Art: Critical Studies Track from Columbia University, and he is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Arts et Média at La Sorbonne, Paris. He has been an adjunct professor at RISD for the past four years, teaching Contemporary Art and its Discourses and Performance Art: Between Media and Mass Media. In 2009 he was visiting professor at NABA in Milan, where he taught Performance Art in the Public Sphere, and in 2011–12 he also taught at Parsons School of Design and The New School in New York City. His writing has appeared in Apartamento, Casa Vogue, Flash Art, Kaleidoscope, L’Uomo Vogue and Waxpoetics, among other publications. He is the author of Come Together: The Rise of Cooperative Art and Design (Princeton Architectural Press, forthcoming). He lives and works in New York.

Academic research/ areas of interest

Art collectives and participatory practices

Post-internet aesthetic

New media and TV studies

Aesthetics of politics

Subcultures and countercultures

Artists’ publications


Pop Culture