Art and Sustainability: Connecting Patterns for a Culture of Complexity

Upcoming book publication

Sacha Kagan. Art and Sustainability: Connecting Patterns for a Culture of Complexity. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2011.

Will be available in July 2011, ca. 476 p.,  ca. 39,80 € – ISBN 978-3-8376-1803-7

The publication proposes an understanding of “culture(s) of sustainability”, “aesthetics of sustainability” and “art and sustainability”,  based on an in-depth theoretical elaboration and a critical discussion of several artists.

What is the cultural dimension of sustainability? This book offers a thought-provoking answer, with a theoretical synthesis on »cultures of sustainability«. Describing how modernity degenerated into a culture of unsustainability, to which the arts are contributing, Sacha Kagan engages us in a fundamental rethinking of our ways of knowing and seeing the world. We must learn not to be afraid of complexity, and to re-awaken a sensibility to patterns that connect. With an overview of ecological art over the past 40 years, and a discussion of art and social change, the book assesses the potential role of art in a much needed transformation process.

A4 flyer with the table of contents: PDF file

Links: Book page on the publisher’s website / Order page on the publisher’s website

A ‘short impression’ of the book, by Prof. Dr. Hans Dieleman, is available on the eco/art/scot/land blog: click here to read