Title: Connecting and Catalyzing: Aesthetics + Community + Ecology toward a culture of sustainability
The first forum (semi-plenary panel discussion) offers an introduction into the field of the thematic window „Art toward Cultures of Sustainability“: Which situations, which challenges is art playing with, at the crossroads of ecologies, communities and aesthetics? How does art work as a seismograph and catalyst of deeper transformations? How can art contribute to sensitize for and unpack the complexities we have to deal with in our lives? Where are the limits and the challenges for such artistic and cultural practices?About the speakers:Michelangelo Pistoletto
is an internationally acclaimed artist and theorist, leading figure of Arte Povera and founder of the art city Cittadelarte – Fondazione Pistoletto
; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelangelo_PistolettoShelley Sacks
is an interdisciplinary artist working internationally in the field of connective practices and social sculpture. She regards her long-term collaborative projects such as Exchange Values, University of the Trees and Ort des Treffens (developing spaces for reflection and listening in a German city) as ‘instruments of consciousness’ and flexible frameworks that open up new ways of seeing, linking inner and outer work. Her work includes more than forty actions, site works, installations and social sculpture projects; involvement in grass roots organisations & cooperatives, and collaborating with Joseph Beuys. Shelley is Director of the Social Sculpture Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University.
; http://www.ortdestreffens.deDavide Brocchi
is a social scientist, journalist, cultural activist, founder of KulturATTAC and of Cultura21. He is also a lecturer at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, the college of Bochum and the Ecosign-Academy for Design in Cologne.
; http://magazin.cultura21.deAbout the moderator:Dr. Sacha Kagan
is Research Associate at the Institute of Cultural Theory, Research, and the Arts (ICRA/IKKK) at the Leuphana University Lüneburg ; member of Cultura21 e.V. since 2006 ; founding coordinator of the international platform of Cultura21 and founding director of the International Summer School of Arts and Sciences for Sustainability in Social Transformation (ASSiST). The focus of his scientific and cultural work is on the transdisciplinary field of arts an (un)sustainability. He is the author of Art and Sustainability: Connecting Patterns for a Culture of Complexity
(transcript, 2011 ; webpage: http://www.transcript-verlag.de/ts1803/ts1803.php
), and editor of Sustainability: a new frontier for the arts and cultures