Hildegard Kurt, PhD, is a German cultural researcher, author, and social sculpture practitioner. Her work focuses on art and sustainability, culture and sustainability, aesthetic education, and intercultural dialogue. She teaches and lectures internationally, lastly as Senior Lecturer in Social Sculpture at the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University, and has initiated several cultural projects. Her most recent book is The Red Flower. Aesthetic Practice in Times of Change (2013, in German), co-authored with artist Shelley Sacks. In 2004 she co-founded the und.Institut fuer Kunst, Kultur und Zukunftsfaehigkeit (Institute for Art, Culture and Sustainability), based in Berlin. Together with Andreas Weber she has initiated the institute´s new program Cultures of Enlivenment.
Key Concepts The current ideology of dead matter, mechanical causality, and the exclusion of experience from descriptions of reality in ecology and economy are responsible for our failure to protect aliveness in our world. The challenge of the ‘Anthropocene’ and the end of dualistic enlightenment-style thinking is to install a new ‘bios’ into our concept […]