Date:   September 17, 2017

Shelley Sacks is a social sculpture practitioner, cultural activist, and theorist working internationally. Her transdisciplinary ‘connective aesthetics’ practice links imagination and transformation, and sees responsibility as an ‘ability to respond’. The capacity building processes and creative intervention formats she creates promote experiential knowing, ecological citizenship, and ‘paradigm shift in practice’. These ‘instruments of consciousness’ draw on her South African liberation struggle experience and the work of her teacher, Joseph Beuys. As social sculpture professor at Oxford Brookes University and initiator of the alternative university ‘Lab for New Knowledge and an Eco-Social Future’, Sacks offers a radical approach for moving toward a post-Anthropocene ecological era that highlights the human being as the solution.

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