Overview of Sacha Kagan’s professional activities in 2017 and early 2018

Please find here a chronological overview of my professional activities (besides my daily university work, i.e. my ongoing research in Hannover for the “SaM” project (“The City as Space of Possibility”) and teaching at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg, which both ended in February 2018) in 2017 and until April 2018:

  • In Oslo, Norway, in January 2017, I was invited by Karen O’Brien and her team, as Guest Speaker: “Art & Sustainability: Culture of Complexity and Artful Sustainability”, at the “AdaptationCONNECTS project kick-off meeting: Lysebu Workshop”.

  • In Berlin in March 2017, I was invited  as Guest Panelist to a panel discussion entitled “Reduction or Reform: Conflict and opportunity for a modern society”, which was part of the “DeLight Sustainable Light-Art Festival”.

  • In Hannover in May 2017, I was invited  as  Guest Panelist to a panel discussion in German language: “Stadt. Vielfalt. Entwicklung”, as part of an event by the German Commission of the UNESCO: “14. Konsultation der Bundesweiten Koalition Kulturelle Vielfalt. Deutsche UNESCO Kommission.” the event was held at Kulturzentrum Pavillon.

  • In Hannover, also in May 2017 (and as part of the “SaM” project, i.e. the “City as Space of Possibilities” research project), I gave a workshop entitled “Village Triangles (systems thinking & qualitative-complexity games)”, within the workshop series on “Positiver Aktionismus” organized by “Das Wundersame Aktionsbündnis der Tante Trottoir / Theater an der Glocksee”.
  • On the Island of Vilm (Germany) in June 2017, I was invited to give a talk (in German) on the theme of “Forschung statt Vermittlung” (Research instead of Mediation), at the “Auftaktworkshop: Neue Ansichten! Kunst – Kultur – Wissenschaft – Nachhaltigkeitspolitik im Dialog.” This was part of an artists residency program by the Projektbüro Friedrich von Borries, Umweltbundesamt & Bundesamt für Naturschutz.

  • In Berlin in July 2017, I curated again (for the second time) the “Xplore Symposium (Shifting Backstages and Frontlines of Embodiment)” for its second edition, organized within the Xplore Festival Berlin. Besides curating the symposium as a whole, I also gave a lecture + workshop myself at the Symposium, entitled “BDSM Sagacity: embodying complexity”.

  • In Athens (Greece) in August-September 2017, I coordinated the Sociology of the Arts Research Network (ESA RN2) sessions (130 papers), at the 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association, entitled “(Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities” . (I was the chair of ESA RN2 from 2015 to 2017.) During the ESA conference, I chaired 4 sessions, and contributed 2 Papers presentations: “City as Space of Possibility – Alternative and Artistic Initiatives Towards Urban Sustainability” (together with Volker Kirchberg) + “BDSM as a playful and artful way to experience several realities and complexity at the ‘Xplore Berlin’ festival of arts, sex and bodywork” (together with Regine Herbrik).  The ESA Conference was held at Panteion University + Harokopio University.

  • At my home university in Lüneburg, in September 2017, I gave a workshop (“Trans-Place-Making: A ‘walking with video’ workshop”) as part of the “International Transdisciplinarity Conference: Transdisciplinary Research and Education – Intercultural Endeavours”, organized by td-net & the Leuphana University Lüneburg, under the coordination of Ulli Vilsmaier.

  • In Nancy (France), also in September 2017, I contributed a paper (together with my colleagues Ursula Weisenfeld and Antoniya Hauerwaas, from the SaM project team) entitled “Assessing and enhancing the potential of design thinking for sustainability: the case of a Sustainability Jam in Hanover”, at the 2nd Organizational Creativity and Sustainability International Conference (ARTEMOCC), organized by the Nancy Business School on the ARTEM Campus.
  • In Grenoble (France), still in September 2017, I gave an invited presentation on “Urban Spaces of possibility: the case of Hanover (Germany)” (based on the SaM research project), at an international congress entitled: “Creative Mobilities International Forum”, organized by “Culture et Développement”.
  • In Geneva (Switzerland) in October 2017, I was invited as Guest Speaker, on “Urban spaces of possibility and imaginaries of sustainability”, as part of “The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva (TAAG) International Symposium”, organized at the HEAD-Genève/Geneva School of Art and Design. (I am also a member of the advisory committee of the TAAG research project)

  • In Sao Joao del Rei (Brazil), also in October 2017, I was invited as Keynote Speaker (“Art in urban Spaces of Possibility for Sustainability Transformation”), at the “Art, Urbanity & Sustainability International Symposium (SIAUS)” at the Federal University of Sao Joao del Rei. I also gave a workshop (“Village Triangles” – a corporeal game to learn systems thinking and qualitative complexity) at the “PIPAUS Postgraduate Program in Arts, Urbanities and Sustainability”.
  • In Hannover, in November 2017, I gave a guest lecture (“Sustainability Research, Culture and Music”) at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover.

  • Still in Hannover and in November 2017,  I gave a workshop, together with Antoniya Hauerwaas, entitled “Spielerisch Lernen für Nachhaltigkeitsprojekte durch Systems- & Design Thinking”, at the 5th Utopianale Film Festival, held at Freizeitheim Linden. Our workshop was part of the SaM research project.
  • In Cape Coast (Ghana), in March 2018, I was invited to give a guest lecture on “discourses on culture and sustainability” and two workshops on applied sensory ethnography (walking with video) and on systems thinking games, at the SDG Graduate School “Performing Sustainability. Cultures and Development in West Africa” (which is DAAD-funded and organized by the Hildesheim University). The event was held at the University of Cape Coast.

  • In Geneva (Switzerland) in March 2018, I was a guest speaker (“Artful Sustainability: The Artistic Turn in Sustainability Research”) at the “Along Ecological Lines” Symposium (held at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève); and a participant  at the “Along Ecological Lines” workshop  on environmentally engaged art, held in Zurich by Barnaby Drabble of the Ecole Cantonale d’Art du Valais, with the ETH Zurich.

  • In the first half of 2018, I finalized my documentary film Hanother: Urbane Möglichkeitsräume für nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung (original German language version). The English version (Hanother: Urban spaces of possibilities for sustainable futures) is still in preparation (i.e. English subtitles) and will be available in the late summer 2018. Preview versions of the German orginal version were showed on February 28th 2018 at the ‘Konferenzwoche’ of Leuphana University Lüneburg, and on April 21st at the Zukunftswerkstatt Ihme-Zentrum and again at Platzprojekt, both in Hannover. The finished film has not yet had its Premiere, neither in German nor in English version. For more information about the film HANOTHER and updates about future shows of the film, see especially  http://www.facebook.com/hanother.film (most up-to-date) ; or else http://hanother.wordpress.com (less often updated).

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2 responses to “Overview of Sacha Kagan’s professional activities in 2017 and early 2018

  1. Ken Hickson

    Dear Sacha I’ve been a great admirer of yours and an active promoter of Art and Sustainability since you visited Singapore for iLight Marina Bay in 2014. Your article in Straits Times has been widely circulated. When I write and speak about “The Art of Sustainability” I refer to you and your work. I also support the work of Leading Singapore Architect Tai Lee Siang who is also Chairman of the World Green Building Council. He encourages Design thinking and “Design for Sustainability”. Not only do I manage a Sustainability consultancy and a Creative content agency, I produce two online magazines: The Avenue for Creative Arts and ABC Carbon Express – see these websites for all issues of both magazines. http://Www.abccarbon.com and http://Www.fifthavenue.asia I hope we can keep in touch. I’m certainly keen to provide links to your articles, books and talks. Keep up the good work.

    Kind regards

    Ken

    Ken Hickson Founding Chairman & CEO Sustain Ability Showcase Asia kenhickson@sustain-ability-showcase.com

    Chairman & Managing Editor The Hickson Team ken@hicksonteam.com

    The Avenue for Creative Arts Abc Carbon Express

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    • Sacha Kagan

      Dear Ken, many thanks for your message and for your weblinks! I remember fondly of my two visits to Singapore, first at iLight and then at the CCA (where I was invited thanks to William S.W. Lim and his wonderful colleagues). I wish you the best for all your ongoing projects! I also hope we keep in touch 🙂

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