Prof Shelley Sacks
Professor of Social Sculpture and Interdisciplinary Arts
Director of the Social Sculpture Research Unit
Subject Coordinator: Masters in Interdisciplinary Arts; Masters in Social Sculpture
Convener: Art, Culture, Sustainability; and Agents of Change - cross sector research fora
Coordinator: University of the Trees and Ecological Citizenship - core group
Exchange Values: Images of Invisible Lives. The beginning of the engagement with the consumers. Four days in Nottingham, UK, 1996
After graduating from the University of Cape Town in 1972 (with distinction in installation, actions, performance art and aesthetics), Shelley Sacks studied in Germany with Joseph Beuys as well as taking up a postgraduate scholarship at the Kunstakademie, University of Hamburg in 1974. Working between Germany and South Africa throughout the seventies and eighties, she continued, in the framework of the Free International University, founded by Beuys and Heinrich Böll, to explore the social sculpture ideas in dialogue with Beuys until his death in 1986.
Since 1990 she has been based in the UK. Alongside her interdisciplinary social sculpture projects such as Exchange Values and University of the Trees, she has developed the Social Sculpture Research Unit (SSRU) and the Sustaining Life Project (SLP), now the the Earth Forum Initiative. (See www.social-sculpture.org which includes a ‘history’ section describing the relationship between Sacks’ work with Beuys, the FIU and the SSRU at Oxford Brookes)
Shelley's political, cultural and artistic experience across cultures, countries and disciplines is also manifest in the new artistic strategies and innovative pedagogic practices - concerned with empowerment, imaginal thought and transformation - for which she is well known. Between 1992-1997, mirroring the new methods of engagement in her social sculpture projects, she developed an interdisciplinary approach to teaching cross art-form work at Nottingham Trent University.
At Oxford Brookes from 1997, this interest in creative strategies and interdisciplinary methods underpinned several initiatives, including the new Masters programmes in Interdisciplinary Arts and the redevelopment, in 1998, of the undergraduate art programme in 'contemporary art', with a focus on 'artists as agents of change'.
Her acclaimed social sculpture project, Exchange Values (http://www.exchange-values.org) with banana growers and consumers that was presented for the tenth time in 2002 at the World Summit for Sustainable Development; as well as Mound (1992); Thought Banks (1994/95) Sofas in the City (2002 –ongoing); Landing Strip for Souls (2000 ongoing), and new collaborative projects with geographers, composers, philosophers, homeopaths, scientists and NGOs such as University of the Trees (2005 - ongoing), Ort des Treffens [100/1000 Voices] (2008 ongoing) Earth Forum (2011 ongoing) and Frametalks (2012 ongoing) - are all examples of an expanded, interdisciplinary art practice that explores the relationship of imaginal thought to the shaping of a democratic and ecologically sustainable world.
Sacks’ work includes more than forty live actions, site works, projects and installations; grass roots cultural and political work in South Africa in the 70s and 80s with a focus on social sculpture and cooperatives, as well as writing, performing and lecturing in a range of contexts across the world.
At the end of Oxtober 2008 Shelley co-led a workshop at the World Cultural Economic Forum in New Orleans on social sculture and creative communities.
During 2008-2010 Sacks focused on questions of ‘active citizenship’ through the Ort des Treffens project in Hannover, Germany.
Since then she has concentrated on developing various new programmes and approaches within University of the Trees that focus on ecological citizenship and becoming ‘agents of change’.
These include ‘Frametalks’, an ‘Agents of Change’ process, ‘Working with Questions’, a workshop ‘What is a Human Being/What is a Tree’; and the ‘Earth Forum’.
Shelley is currently focusing on aesthetic education for ecological citizenship through the University of the Trees and other ongoing projects. She is also working to scale up attitudinal change and capacity building practices like Earth Forum, and to explore the ways in which such practices contribute to the anti-capitalist struggle and to strengthening agency for change.
Her recent publications are a co-authored book with Dr. Wolfgang Zumdick entitled ‘ATLAS of the Poetic Continent: Pathways to Ecological Citizenship’ (Temple Lodge 2013).
She has also co-authored ‘Die rote Blume’ with Dr. Hildegard Kurt – a book focusing on ‘aesthetic strategies in times of change’. This book unpacks and contextualizes practices like Earth Forum and University of Trees, and gives a sense of their evolution through Sacks’ work from the 70s until the present.(OYA publishers, 2013).
Shelley was also the main translator of Wolfgang Zumdick’s monograph ‘Death keeps Me Awake’: on the foundations of Rudolf Steiner’s and Joseph Beuys work – which was also published this year (Spurbuch 2013).
Her current writing is on ‘Inner Technologies and the field of Freedom’. A new co-authored book with Wolfgang is also underway on the history, philosophical underpinnings and evolution of the field of social sculpture through her own work and her pedagogic innovations, and their manifestation in and through the SSRU.
Periodic lectures on Art and Experimentalism; Art, Culture and Sustainability; Social Sculpture; Joseph Beuys; Becoming Agents of Change
Subject Coordinator: Postgraduate Masters Programme in Interdisciplinary Arts
- P65901 Creative Strategies (compulsory core module for all 4 MA programmes)
- P65902 Theory and Practice of Social Sculpture
- P65911 Major Project in Social Sculpture Co-tutor with Dr. Wolfgang Zumdick
- P65907 Research and Development (co-teaching with Ray Lee)
- P65909 and P65910 Major Project modules (co-teaching with Ray Lee and Wolfgang Zumdick)
Doctoral Research Supervision
Shelley has supervised three students to completion [two practice-based: Nicholas Stronczyk and Jo Thomas; and one theory - Mary-lou Barratt). She is currently supervising 10 practice-based students as Director of Studies and is Second Supervisor for 4 others. . She has been a PhD External Examiner and advisor to PhD students at the University of Ulster and Humboldt University, Berlin.
Shelley's interdisciplinary work is both text and practice-based. She is concerned with dialogue, creative agency, the relationship of aesthetics and ethics, freedom and responsibility, facilitating new vision, art and activism, working toward an ecologically viable and just society, and the role of imagination in transformative social process. Her work ranges across performative actions, mapping processes, pedagogic practices, lecturing, text-based work, interventions and dialogue processes. She describes the 'flexible frameworks' and 'kits' in her social sculpture projects as 'instruments of consciousness' not 'objects of attention'.
- Artists as agents of change
- New methods of engagement towards a just and ecological society
- Joseph Beuys’ social sculpture proposals and ‘expanded conception of art’
- Dialogue and listening processes
- Participatory practices and creative agency
- The role of imagination in transformative social process
- ‘New organs of perception’
- The poetic and imaginal in 'instruments of consciousness'
- Practice-based research methodologies
- ‘Connective practices’ across sectors and disciplines
- The gap between information and awareness
- Phenomenological and experiential knowing
- The connection between love, play and social sculpture
- Rethinking the 'aesthetic' as the basis of our 'ability to respond'
- Imaignation and ecological citizenship
Her work also considers:
- The relationship between art, culture and sustainability
- Creating spaces in civil society for ‘making visible the invisible’
- Strategies for becoming ‘imaginatively active’
- The relationship between responsibility, the aesthetic and an ecologically sustainable future
- Non-discursive thought and its relationship to strategies for connecting more deeply with the world around us
- Participatory practices, ‘tools’ for consciousness and ‘spaces for new vision’, that engage participants in working consciously with thought, feeling and will as materials of an expanded conception of art
- 'Parallel process' methodologies that combine rational argument with imaginal thought
- Different modes of consciousness and thought, with special reference to areas of new science and Goethe’s holistic methodology; Schiller’s ‘aesthetic education of the human being’, archetypal psychology and eco philosophy
- ‘Memory work’ and approaches for shifting from habitual thinking into new territory
- The role of the net and ‘mapping’ technologies in social sculpture processes
- Joseph Beuys’ idea of an expanded conception of art and its relationship to freedom, direct democracy and sustainable economic forms
- The role of active imagination and synthetic thought in empowering us to shape a different kind of world.
Ort des Treffens: 100/1000 Voices Hannover, Germany 2008-2010; since 2011 continuing as a citizen's initiative. A social sculpture project including dialogue and listening processes, and a city-wide sound-field. Original team included Alex Arteaga (Berlin); Anja Steckling and Nicholas Stronczyk (Hannover); Lukas Ortel (Bonn); Wolfgang Zumdick (Aachen/Oxford). Invited and supported by the city of Hannover and several German cultural foundations. The project continues as a citizens’ initiative entitled: Forum Ort des Treffens.
University of the Trees is a long-term social sculpture project, hosted by several organisations including the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World in the UK (2005 -2012), by the Uberlebenskunst project, Berlin 2011, and by Citizen Art Days, Berlin (2012, 2013). From 2014 University of the Trees will be part of the ongoing Renewable Energy, Renewable Culture programme at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb. Its ongoing development in India will also be facilitated. (see http://www.universityofthetrees.org)
Exchange Values on the Table – Zurich, 2011. (New version of the project, first researched for Social Sculpture Today exhibition, Dornach, Switzerland 2007). New catalogue: FIU Verlag in German and English, edited by Wolfgang Zumdick, with texts by Zumdick, Sacks and von Plato. Catalogue from the 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development includes texts by Sacks, Richard Demarco, Luke Desforges, Polly Patulo, NGOs and farmers' representative, Renwick Rose; unpublished material from Social Sculpture Public Forum and Think Tank (International Project Space, Birmingham 2004) includes papers by cultural geographers Gail Davies, Luke Desforges and Prof. Paul Cloke) (See www.exchange-values.org)
Earth Forum is a mobile ‘permanent conference’ process that emerged from the ‘Sustaining Life Project’ in 2002. In 2011 it was redeveloped as a module of University of the Trees, incorporating imaginal processes and methods from Exchange Values on the Table (Switzerland 2007 and 2011).
Earth Forum in South Africa was initiated and developed by Shelley Sacks for the Climate Fluency Exchange in the run-up to the Climate Summit in Durban, 2011. It has been used extensively in South Africa by a small team of Earth Forum facilitators, and continues to grow as part of the Climate Summit legacy project, designed to engage people at all levels in connective practices that 'mobilise them internally'. Earth Forum in South Africa was funded by the British Council.
In Germany (Berlin and Kassel) over 75 people have been trained as Earth Forum facilitators. (For more on Earth Forum in South Africa, Germany, UK and India.
With its focus on creative, connective practices and actions promoting transformation - it opens up a space for new insights and dialogue across disciplines and sectors, enabling project people, policy makers and other practitioners to share their experiences and to explore:
- the connection between values and actions
- different ‘takes’ on our relationship to the world
- the role of imagination, creative strategies and new methodologies of engagement in moving toward ecological and social justice
- capacity building for transformation toward a sustainable future.
Frametalks is a new ‘instrument of consciousness’ project, incorporated in University of the Trees. It was first presented as a 24-hour action in Bern (2012) and then in Berlin as a 3 x 12 hour action, as part of Citizen Art Days (2013).
BOOKS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS
‘ATLAS of the Poetic Continent: Pathways in Ecological Citizenship’. Co-authored book with Wolfgang Zumdick. 132 pages. Temple Lodge Publishing. November 2013
Die rote Blume: Ästhetische Praxis in Zeiten des Wandels, co-authored book by Shelley Sacks and Hildegard Kurt with a forward by Prof. Wolfgang Sachs. Publisher: Think OYA, Berlin]. German publication, Nov. 2013. 250 pages. ISBN: 978-3-927369-77-1. Publisher: Think OYA, Berlin [The Red Flower: Aesthetic Practices in Times of Change. English Edition, Autumn 2014].
'ATLAS: A Philosophical Tour Guide' Conceived and co-authored by Sacks and philosopher, Wolfgang Zumdick. Includes 30 watercolour images by Sacks. A stand alone publication, related to Ort des Treffens project. Funded by Niedersaechische Stiftung. Verlag Mayer, Stuttgart, 2009. ISBN - 978-3-86783-015-7 2004
Exchange Values catalogue; Ed Wolfgang Zumdick 2007 Texts by Sacks, Bodo von Plato, Wolfgang Zumdick .FIU Verlag, Wangen. Dual language English and German.
Exchange Values catalogue for the World Summit on Sustainable Development – Johannesburg Art Gallery (Funded by the Arts Council of England) Johannesburg 2002.
Sacks, S (ed.) (1995) Social Sculpture Colloquium, Goethe Institute, Glasgow, Social Sculpture Forum -UK & the Free International University [42 participants; includes texts by Shelley Sacks. Funding: Goethe Institute, Glasgow]
CHAPTERS AND ESSAYS BY SHELLEY SACKS
Sacks, S. (2013) Introductory chapter ‘Translation Keeps Me Awake’ and translation from German to English of Zumdick’s monograph ‘Death Keeps Me Awake: Joseph Beuys and Rudolf Steiner - Foundations of their Thought’. 184 pages. Published by Spurbuch, 2013.
Sacks, S. Zumdick, W. (2013) ‘Jeder Mensch ist ein Künstler – die Bedeutung der Idee der Sozialen Skulptur für einen Erweiterten Designbegriff.’ In: Brocchi, Draser, Fuhs, Maxein (Ed): Zur Geschichte des Nachhaltigen Designs. VAS Bad Homburg 
Sacks, S (2011) 'Giving and ecological citizenship: the inner movement toward appropriate form'. Chapter for interdisciplinary book on ‘Giving’. Includes several international authors. Commemorating 50 years of Social Banking
Sacks, S (2011) ‘Social Sculpture and New Organs of Perception: New practices and new pedagogy for a humane and ecologically viable future‘. [Text based on paper for conference Unity in Diversity, Dublin Jan. 2006. To be published in online journal European Studies in Culture and Policy, L.I.T publishers (ed) Mia Lerm-Hayes].
Sacks, S (2009) Joseph Beuys and Shelley Sacks: “in soul contact”. Invited contribution to book: ‘Beuys is Here’, ed. Celia Davis and Jane Won. Published to coincide with Beuys exhibition at De La Warr Pavilion, 2009. 14 contributors including Tacita Dean, William Furlong, Richard Wentworth, Hans Ulbrich Obrist
Sacks, S (2007) ‘Seeing the Phenomenon and Imaginal Thought: Trajectories for Transformation in the work of Joseph Beuys and Rudolf Steiner‘, in Holland, A (ed) (2007) Imagination, Inspiration, Intuition, National Gallery of Australia, Melbourne.
Sacks, S (2007) ‘Sichtbares Denken: Ueberlegungen anlaesslich einer Austellungseroeffnung von Rudolf Steiner-Tafeln im Juli 2003 in Cambridge)' in Kugler, W and Baur, S (2007) Rudolf Steiner in Kunst und Architectur, Dumont Verlag, Cologne [book chapter, translated from English keynote presentation ‘Visible Thought', for Cambridge Music Conference, Music and the Word, 2003
Sacks, S (2007) Exchange Values – on the table. New publication relating to the project. FIU Verlag. German and English. 1000 copies. Texts by Wolfgang Zumdick and Bodo von Plato, three new texts by Sacks.
Sacks, S (2007) ‘Sichtbares Denken’ in Kugler, W and Baur, S (2007) Rudolf Steiner in Kunst und Architectur, Dumont Verlag, Cologne (Book chapter. Translated from my English keynote presentation ‘Visible Thought’, Cambridge Music Conference, Music and the Word, 2003)
Sacks, S. (2004) English translation and introduction to What is Art? – A Conversation with Joseph Beuys. Edited by Volker Harlan, Clairview Books, Forest Row, UK, 2004.
Sacks, S (2003) Working in the Dark: Rudolf Steiner’s Blackboards. Small booklet of opening lecture for the Cambridge Music Conference, Music and the Word.
Sacks, S (1996) "Joseph Beuys' Pedagogy and the work of James Hillman: The Healing of Art and the Art of Healing" in ISSUES in Art and Architecture. Editor, Andrea Duncan (Refereed Journal Article)
Selected conference keynotes and interdisciplinary panels in UK, Germany, South Africa, USA, Malta, Italy, Hungary, India, Canada, Sweden, Australia on Beuys, social sculpture and my own practice, include:
November 2013 Zagreb. Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Renewable Energy, Renewable Culture.
March 2013 Berlin, Hanover, Munich, Prague: lecture-actions and workshops as part of 4 cities tour with David Abram, Hildegard Kurt, Andreas Weber and Shelley Sacks. Organised by OYA. Hosted by Heinrich Boell, Transition Towns, Schweisfurth Foundation and Sarvanga Centre, Prague.
November 2012 ‘'Inner Technologies and the Field of Freedom’ keynote for Research, Creativity, Praxis’, international conference, Hong Kong.
July 2012 'Imagination and Transformation': European Permaculture Convergence - keynote with Dr. Hildegard Kurt
April 2012 Invited keynote 'Emergence and Directional Forces': Youth Initiative Programme Conference on Emergence, Jarna, Sweden
2012 Invited lecture for opening of Shanghai Biennale
Feb 2012 'Nachhaltigkeit ohne Ich-Sinn ist Unsinn': Invited contribution for the Radius of Art international Conference, Berlin, Heinrich Boell Stiftung. Panel Shelley Sacks with Michelangelo Pistoletto
Thinking with Art: Shelley Sacks & Anne Douglas, Univ. of Ulster (2011)
May 2011 'Ich-sinn and the University of the Trees': Invited contribution to the Uberlebenskunst Klub, Berlin.
March 2010 Dada South - South African National Gallery. Invited Conference Contribution to speak on my work and its relationship to Dada and Fluxus in South Africa in the 70s and 80s'.
KUTSCHEU Comenius Project. 1 of 5 speakers at ‘evaluation’ symposium Bonn (2010)
Jan 2009 Opening Keynote ‘Assume Nothing’, Victoria Museum, British Colombia, Canada 3-day international conference related to exhibition
Oct 2009 New Orleans: World Cultural Economic Forum. Invited contribution on social sculpture and my work to Creative Communities section of the Conference. Host: Governor of Louisiana
Sept 2009 Barbican, London – 2 Public Lectures –Sacks and Zumdick, for the Radical Nature exhibition. My lecture centred on history and connections between Beuys’ Free International University and its relationship with my social sculpture project, University of the Trees.
Coming into Conversation–Encouraging Social Commitment, (Lecture, panel and workshop practice). Switzerland (2009)
April 2008 Invited contribution for symposium on the future of the Block Beuys Other keynotes: Dr. Dieter Koepplin, Caroline Tisdall, Kasper Koenig, Dr. Rhea Thoengis
Sept 2007 The Field of Transformation: a lecture on the strategies and methodologies in my own practice, their relationship to Beuys and to the wider field of connective aesthetics. Venice Biennale – 6 September 2007. 1- day conference organised by Diffisa della Natura and Cultura21, at the Thetis Pavillion, Venice – as part of the Joseph Beuys Diffisa della Natura exhibition.
Invited contribution for the 3 day conference, ‘Ursache Zukunft’ Keynote talk: Social Sculpture: the role of the aesthetic in our work toward a humane and viable society. Other keynotes: Clemens Kuby; Ha Vin Tho, Maritta Kochweser. Premiered collaborative Climate Change kit ‘Agents of Change’ – an SSRU/Earth Agenda project in collaboration with James Reed May 2007
March 2006 ‘Social Sculpture Now’: Invited contribution to symposium alongside exhibition ‘In Action: Commemorating the 20 Anniversary of Joseph Beuys’ Death’; Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf. Symposium title: Beuys aktuell. Other speakers Walter Kugler (Curator Steiner Archive), Nierth ‘Mehr Demokratie’, and Beuys author, Wolfgang Zumdick
Jan 2006 Invited Contributor to ‘Unity in Diversity’: A Symposium to mark the 20th anniversary of Joseph Beuys' death, Jan 2006. With Goethe-Institute. Convened by Dr. Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, University of Ulster. Speakers included: Art/Not Art (Cork Caucus); Alastair MacLennan (UU); Sean Rainbird (Tate Modern and Stuttgart); Dr. Gene Ray (Berlin).
Jan 2005 ‘Water and Thought’. One of six invited contributions for conference 60% Water: Centre for History of Medicine, University of Warwick and Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa. Jan 2005. Speakers: Prof. Anthea Cullen, Jem Finer, and historians of water and medicine.
Jan 2004 ‘Social Sculpture and Memory Work’. Invited contribution for 3-day conference, The Unmastered Past in Contemporary Art, Bauhaus, Weimar, Jan. 2004. Philosophers and artists on commemoration and memory work in contemporary art. Other contributors: Esther Shalev-Gerz (Paris); Renate Stih and Frieder Schnock (Berlin). Prof. G. Schweppenhauser (Philosophy, Kassel), Prof. Axel Wieder (Art Historian, Berlin).
July 2003 Opening lecture for exhibition: Visible Thought: Rudolf Steiner’s Blackboard Drawings 1919 – 1924. Cambridge Music Conference: Music and the Word. Other speakers Dr. Walter Kugler, Switzerland; Nigel Osborne, Composer/Dean of Music, University Edinburgh. My lecture published as a booklet by the Cambridge Music Conference.
Other conference contributions and lectures include:
Tate Gallery (London ‘90, ’92, Liverpool ’94) Tate Modern (2000); international Joseph Beuys Conferences (Germany 1998, Hungary 2000); UNESCO Summit for Culture and Development (Stockholm 1998); Civil Arts Enquiry (Dublin 2003); Modern Art Oxford (2003); The Bartlett (2004); The Bauhaus (Weimar 2004); UN World Environment Day (San Francisco 2005); Serpentine (London, 2007); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2007), Hessisches Landesmuseum (Darmstadt 2008) and at numerous universities, museums and centres in UK, USA, South Africa and Germany.
Participation in Online exhibitions
Sacks’ work is included in Enterchange: performance and nature curated by Wallace Heim for ‘greenmuseum.org’ alongside 12 international practitioners and artists collectives concerned with performance strategies and ecological engagement. http://greenmuseum.org/c/enterchange
LEADERSHIP & DESIGN OF RESEARCH SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS
- Schweisfurth Foundation, Munich (2013)
- Boell Foundation on ‘Enlivenment’ with Kurt and Andreas Weber (2012)
- RMIT, Melbourne: The Art of Changing One’s Mind[set] (2010)
- From Bauhaus to Social Sculpture and Beyond’: Weimar International Summer School – (2003 -2009)
- Verein Soziale Plastik, Achberg, Germany 4-day workshop. (Dec 2009)
- Forum Altenberg: Social Sculpture 3-day seminar (2012)
- Agents of Change and Ecological Citizenship (10-22 July 2011. 20 participants)
- Summer School on Social Banking: Advisor for integration of social sculpture approach into 5-day programme and contributions to programme (Florence, July 2010)
- The Substance Group -2008 -2010 (Switzerland and Germany; 5 meetings)
- Tate Modern Research Seminars on 'social sculpture and the work of Joseph Beuys' led by Shelley Sacks, April to May 2005
Colloquia organised by and with contributions from Shelley Sacks for the Social Sculpture Research Unit since 2001 include:
Dialogues for the Future: What is Social Sculpture? (January 2003). Contributors included: Johannes Stuttgen, Enno Schmidt, Prof. Caroline Tisdall, Dr. Volker Harlan, Peter Schata, Shelley Sacks.
Dialogues for the Future: Working with Water (May 2002). Contributors included: Jyoti Sahi (Bangalore); David Mosse (SOAS), John Wilkes (Virbela Institute), David Haley (Manchester Metropolitan Univ), Sven Riemer (Student – OBU), Shelley Sacks (SSRU)
Organised by (and including contributions from) Shelley Sacks for the SSRU or Sustaining Life Project:
1st Social Sculpture / Connective Aesthetics Methodologies Colloquium – 45 participants - 25 June 2003. These two one-day colloquia have been organised by the Sustaining Life Project to explore methods and strategies that artists and other interdisciplinary practitioners are using in their work toward an ecologically sustainable society. Contributors: Brandon Ballengee (Ecological artist, US), David Haley (Ecological Artist/Researcher, Manchester Met. Uni.,UK), Dr. Hildegard Kurt (Cultural Researcher, Berlin), Shelley Sacks (SSRU/SLP).
2nd Social Sculpture / Connective Aesthetics Methodologies Colloquium - 15 September 2003. Contributors:Tim Collins & Reiko Goto (Eco-artists, Research Fellows, Carnegie Mellon Institute) Heike Strelow (Curator/ Writer, Germany), Ann T. Rosenthal (Eco/feminist artist /educator, US) Dr. John Colvin (Environment Agency, UK); Shelley Sacks (SSRU/SLP)
Protected Areas and Governance – Feb 2004 and Feb 2005 – a three day interdisciplinary event for 25 scientists, ecologists, conservationists and activists– as part of the SSRU’s Sustaining Life Project. In collaboration with African Parks.
Visible Thought: 2-day symposium (2003) relating the exhibition 'Visible Thought' at Oxford Brookes, of Rudolf Steiner blackboards and the 'Oxford Series' by Enno Schmidt. Contributions to symposium by the exhibition curator, Prof. Walter Kugler, Enno Schmidt and Shelley Sacks.
Connective Practices symposium (June 2008). A 2-day participatory event for 25 participants, supported by the Oxford Brookes Institute for Historical and Cultural Research.Designed and led by Shelley Sacks and Dr. Chris Seeley. Linked to the Art, Culture, Sustainability initiative at Oxford Brookes.
Agents of Change and Ecological Citizenship series at Oxford Brookes University including:
2009 From Paradise to Social Sculpture and Beyond: 3 lectures by Dr. Wolfgang Zumdick
2010 – 2012 Speakers in series included: Arran Stibbe (UK), Prof. Alex Arteaga (Berlin), Beth Carruthers (Canada); Peter Gingold (Tipping Point, UK), Hildegard Kurt (Germany), Allan Kaplan (South Afirca)
2013 On Commoning –with Silke Helfrich; on Permaculture with Tomas Remiarz
Reflections and chapters by others include:
- Phillips, Patricia (2012) The New Earthwork: Art, Action, Agency, International Sculpture Centre, 2012
- Kurt, H (2011) Wachsen, Verlag Mayer, Stuttgart (Chapter 2)
- Natural World Museum, (2007) Art in Action: Nature, Creativity and Our Collective Future, Earth Aware editions, San Rafael, 2007 [in partnership with the UNEP]
- Natural World Museum, (2007) Art in Action: Nature, Creativity and Our Collective Future, Earth Aware editions, San Rafael, 2007 [in partnership with the UNEP]
- Weintraub, L (2006) Eco-Centric Topics: Pioneering Themes for Eco-Art. Artnow Publications [section on my work amongst 10 artists/collectives including Damian Hirst, Rev. Billy, Superflex]
- Rendell, Jane (2006) ‘Social Sculpture' in Art and Architecture: a place between, I.B. Tauris
- Heim, Wallace (2004) ‘enterchange', greenmuseum.org. [My work profiled as one of 14 international artists/artist groups including: Critical Art Ensemble, Fern Shaffer, PLATFORM] http://greenmuseum.org/c/enterchange/artists/sacks/
- Heim, Wallace (2005) ‘Navigating Voices' [on the work of Shelley Sacks and Basia Irland] in Performing Nature: Explorations in Ecology and Performance, Peter Lang, Bern
- Cloke, Paul (2004), Exchange Values: Moving Relational Ethics of Self and Other [unpublished paper]
- Kurt, H. (2003) ‘Exchange Values' in Wulff, S (ed) (2003) Die Kunst der Zukunftsfaehigkeit, Agenda Transfer [pub. on new artistic strategies includes my work amongst 20 international eco-artists & writers]