Art and Sustainability: Connecting Patterns for a Culture of Complexity

Research output: Books and anthologiesMonographsResearch


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.

This book is the final publication of Sacha Kagan's doctoral thesis at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBielefeld
Publishertranscript Verlag
Number of pages514
ISBN (Print)978-3-8376-1803-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-8394-1803-1
Publication statusPublished - 29.06.2011