Monthly Archives: December 2012

Book reviews of “Art and Sustainability” in 2012

art and sustainabilityLooking back on the year 2012, my book Art and Sustainability: Connecting patterns for a culture of complexity (transcript Verlag, 2011) got several book reviews, from which the following extracts are taken:

»Sacha Kagan […] presents a comprehensive and sophisticated analysis of the relationship between art and sustainability in the context of complexity theory.«
Anne Milne, The Goose, 11 (2012)

»Kagan has done the scholarly sphere, and by association other spheres as well, invaluable service.«
George Kaye, International Journal of Cultural Policy, 1-3 (2012)

»This is an important book by someone with an impressive depth of knowledge in the field and that should serve to inspire further research and debate«
Diane Barthel-Bouchier, International Sociology, 27/5 (2012)

»Sacha Kagan is another rare scholar who merges his interest in art and his concern for the environment in a boldly encompassing book […] Speaking from the perspective of a sociologist, Kagan nevertheless transcends disciplinary boundaries to connect sociological, philosophical, and ecological theories in order to provide an overview of environmentalist practices in contemporary art.«
Suzaan Boettger, Oxford Art Journal, 35/1 (2012)

»Kagan beschäftigt sich mit der Frage nach der kulturellen Dimension von Nachhaltigkeit und gibt auf der Grundlage eines visionären Modells der ›Kulturen der Nachhaltigkeit‹ spannende Antworten. Der Autor lädt in einem Diskurs über Kunst und sozialen Wandel dazu ein, das eigene Bild davon, wie die Welt funktioniert, grundlegend in Frage zu stellen. Seine Botschaft: Keine Angst vor Komplexität, mehr Gespür für faszinierende Zusammenhänge.«
Kulturelle Bildung, 9 (2012)

The book was also mentioned by Martina Marti, Stradda, 25 (2012), and highlighted at the “Dies Academicus” 2012 of the Leuphana University Lueneburg.