ICN Business School - International Research Chair in Art and Sustainable Enterprise (IRCASE)
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Creativity, Art
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June 12, 2014 (2-5 PM)
ICN Business School
Room 253

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Aesthetics of Sustainability: Fostering a sensibility to complexity

Dr. Sacha Kagan
Research Associate at the Institute of Cultural Theory, Research and the Arts,
Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany

Wednesday, 8th June 2011 - ICN Business School

Away from mainstream understandings of the modern individual artist and of aesthetics, the emergence of cultures of sustainability may be facilitated by artistic thinking and practices based on a sensibility to complexity, combining insights from John Dewey's aesthetics, Gregory Bateson's "sensibility to the pattern which connects", David Abram's "animistic phenomenology" and Edgar Morin and Basarab Nicolescu's transdisciplinary perspectives on complexity. The relevance of these theoretical insights will also be illustrated with an example from the field of ecological art. This presentation will be summarizing a few of the topics analyzed in Sacha Kagan's upcoming book : “ Art and Sustainability: Connecting Patterns for a Culture of Complexity, transcript Verlag, 2011 ” . Following the presentation, a systems thinking game called "triangles" (designed by Linda Booth-Sweeney and Dennis Meadows) will be played with the participants . The game will allow us to glimpse at an embodied cognition of complex systems.

About Sacha KAGAN

Research Associate at the Institute of Cultural Theory , Research and the Arts (ICRA/IKKK), Leuphana University Lüneburg, Sacha Kagan founded the International level of Cultura21, Network for Cultures of Sustainability, as well as the International Summer School of Arts and Sciences for Sustainability in Social Transformation (ASSiST). The focus of his research and cultural work lies in the trans-disciplinary field of arts and (un-)sustainability. M.A. in Cultural Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Graduate of Sciences Po Bordeaux, teaching sociology of culture and the arts, he completed in 2011 his PhD defense with summa cum laude at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, with a thesis on the subject of culture, the arts and sustainability under the perspective of complexity. Personal website at: http://sachakagan.wordpress.com