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Talk in Singapore on March 12th


I am invited as keynote speaker to open the “i Light Symposium” on the morning of March 12th 2014 in Singapore, as part of the 3rd edition of the ‘sustainable light art’ festival i Light Marina Bay 2014.

Symposium program: click here

I entitled my talk: “The City is our Anthropo-Scene! Art as a Verb and Urban Sustainability Transformation”. (A publication will follow later in 2014, edited by festival curator Ong Swee Hong, in which I will contribute a short essay based on that talk…)

Thanks to the kind generosity of my hosts, I will be able to come to Singapore earlier in March, and will meet and interview several artists who are engaged in ways related to ‘cultures of sustainability’ in Singapore…


Many Happy Returns – BE SEEING YOU

On Sunday March 17th, 2013 at 15:00, Jenny Brown‘s exhibition Many Happy Returns will open, on show at SEMMER BERLIN, PROJECT SPACE until the end of April.

This show takes its name from an episode of The Prisoner, a 1967 cult British television series that follows a British former secret agent who is held prisoner in an isolated mysterious coastal village resort where his captors try to find out why he abruptly resigned from his job.

The Village acts as a microcosm for our various government territories with their own jurisdictions and means for maintaining authority and control.

A collaboration between Jenny Brown and Sacha Kagan, BE SEEING YOU is one of the works on show. It includes an attempt, within a couple of hours only (directly before the opening, i.e. in a situation of urgency), to  apply some tools from systems thinking and ‘sustainability science’ to map the complex issues of the Village situation in an attempt to assist The Prisoner to escape. The work also features Jenny’s portraits of people from around Mauerpark who are signalling the Village’s gesture that accompanies the farewell BE SEEING YOU.

Sacha will also be giving a short speech at the opening of the show, discussing how the television series critiques the illusions of ‘freedom’ as emancipation from attachments, and how we can look more appropriately to Bruno Latour’s good advice to help ourselves reconsider our attachments, and possibly even choose better ones.

B c ng U !

Update: Article about the show published in Cultura21’s webmagazine: “Be Seeing You! An art exhibition explores governmentality and the illusions of emancipation

New affiliations/positions at the Leuphana University Lueneburg

As of November 1st, 2012, I am still working at the Leuphana University, in Lueneburg, Germany, but with some changes:

  • My half-time position as Research Associate, working with Prof. Dr. Volker Kirchberg, is changing its affiliation: The former IKKK has been discontinued. Instead, Volker Kirchberg’s department is now integrating the newly formed ISCO (Institute of Sociology and Cultural Organization) – or ISKO in German (“Institut für Soziologie und Kulturorganisation”).
  • I am starting another half-time position as Research Associate, working in a team with, among others, Prof. Dr. Michael Schefczyk and Prof. Dr. Daniel Lang, as part of the “Global Classroom”, a project in cooperation with the Arizona State University and supported by the Mercator Foundation (more details here).

Update: As of October 1st, 2013, I terminated my collaboration with the “Global Classroom” project, and am continuing to work at the ISCO (Institute of Sociology and Cultural Organization) – or ISKO in German (“Institut für Soziologie und Kulturorganisation”) with now a 75%-time position.

Upcoming talk at the HFBK (Hamburg) on art and sustainability

I’ll be having a talk next Tuesday at Hamburg’s Art School. More info (in German) below. My talk will be in English, though 😉

Hamburg, 22. November 2011, 17 Uhr, BIBLIOTHEK DER HFBK 


Die kulturelle Dimension von Nachhaltigkeit bedeutet eine tiefe Veränderung der herrschende Verhältnisse. Kunst muss hier eine zentrale Funktion übernehmen: doch was ist nachhaltige Kunst? Etwa eine Kunst, die nicht nur auf gesellschaftliche Probleme aufmerksam macht, sondern in Gesellschaft eingreifen, bzw. diese sogar verändern möchte? Im Gespräch mit Sacha Kagan erörtert Wiebke Gronemeyer, freie Kuratorin und Autorin in Hamburg, die Bedingungen, Verhältnisse und Strategien nachhaltiger künstlerischer Praxis.

Dr. Sacha Kagan ist Soziologe und Kulturwissenschaftler an der Leuphana Universität, Lüneburg. Sein Hauptinteresse gilt dem disziplinübergreifenden Forschungsbereich von Kunst und Nachhaltigkeit. Des weiteren arbeitet er im Bereich der Soziologie von Kunst
und Kultur und der Kulturökonomie. Kürzlich erschien „Art and Sustainability: Connecting Patterns for a Culture of Complexity“ im Bielefelder transcript Verlag. Seit 2007 koordiniert er die internationale Ebene des Künstler- und Aktivistennetzwerk Cultura21.

Wiebke Gronemeyer arbeitet als freie Kuratorin und Autorin in Hamburg und London. Ihr Interesse gilt vor allem den gesellschaftlichen Bedingungen zeitgenössischer Kunstproduktion und der Art und Weise, wie kuratorische Praxis sich zu diesen verhält. Derzeit promoviert sie über die Methoden der Wissensproduktion in kuratorischer Praxis bei Dr. Andrea Phillips und Prof. Dr. Boris Groys am Goldsmiths College, London.

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Karl H. Ditze Stiftung


I’ll be taking part again in a “Tipping Point” meeting, this time in India. (This is the second time I am taking part in this type of event. The first time was in Potsdam, a few years ago. I was not really convinced by the format, but met some interesting people in the process.) On 11th and 12th November 2011 The “Tipping Point” organization will present “TippingPoint India” in Bengaluru. They are working in partnership with the British Council India and Khoj International Artists’ Association. I’m thankful to Pooja Sood, at KHOJ, for this invitation, and looking forward to the exchanges with Indian artists, scientists and activists.