Degree completed in 2017.
The cosmological aesthetics of Tomás Saraceno's atmospheric experiments
Sasha Engelmann is a geographer exploring creative experiments with the poetics and politics of air. Her work employs critical description and para-ethnographic methods to participate in the elaboration of GeoHumanities, especially around topics of transdisciplinarity, more-than-human and cosmological aesthetics. In recent writing, she employs the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead and Luce Irigaray to consider how collective atmospheric sensing practices summon different forms of atmospheric life and politics.
Over the past two years, Sasha conducted site-based fieldwork at Studio Tomás Saraceno in Berlin and is currently completing her DPhil in Geography and the Environment on the elemental experiments in Saraceno's work. In addition, she lectures on creative geographical methods in the 'Becoming Pilot' curriculum directed by Tomás Saraceno at the Institut für Architekturbezogene Kunst (IAK), Technical University of Braunschweig. Sasha holds an MPhil in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford, and Bachelors degrees in Earth Systems Science and English and French Literatures from Stanford University.
More information can be found at: www.sashaengelmann.com
Refereed journal articles:
- Engelmann, S. (under review) Cosmological Aesthetics: The Lure of Tomás Saraceno's Hybrid Webs. Theory, Culture and Society.
- Thomson, J. and Engelmann, S. (under review) Intra-acting with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, or, how the Technosphere may come to matter. Anthropocene Review, special issue on the Technosphere, (ed. Sara Nelson, Christoph Rosol, Jurgen Renn, Roman Brinzanik).
- Engelmann, S. and McCormack, D.P. (under review) Elemental Aesthetics in Artistic Experiments with the Solar. Annals of the American Association of Geographers.
- Engelmann, S. (2016) Social spiders and hybrid webs at Studio Tomás Saraceno. Cultural Geographies.
- Engelmann, S. (2015) Toward a Poetics of Air: Sequencing and Surfacing Breath. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 40(3): 430-444.
- Engelmann, S. (2015) More-than-human affinitive listening. Dialogues in Human Geography, 5(1): 76-79.
- Engelmann, S. (2010) Breaking the Frame: Olafur Eliasson's Art, Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology and the Rhetoric of Eco-Activism. The Boothe Prize Essays 2008, 93-113. (re-published in Art & Education Papers, 2010).